Inspiring Others and Changing Lives
Kirsty did not have the facilities and the same opportunities available at her school as most others did, and therefore always had to work harder to keep up to speed with her team mates. This gave her the determination and motivation to succeed and helped her achieve both academically and in sport. She aims to give these opportunities to the youngsters that are in the position she once was in. She coaches hockey in schools and clubs across the North West, to young people ranging from 11 to 18.
Kirsty helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing her secret of what it takes to be the best you can.
"Kirsty enhanced our event through her advice, enthusiasm and encouragement. The young people left the event with raised aspirations and feeling like they had been part of something special." Stephen Hulme, Norfolk School Games
"Kirsty was a great Sporting champion. She really engaged with the children and was the perfect role model, not only with her tales of her experiences on the pitch but with her example and enthusiasm at the event itself." Elizabeth Duggan, Surrey School Games
"Kirsty was an amazing asset at our hockey session, she made a lasting and fun impact with all participating.. Not only did she create an easy and enjoyable coaching masterclass but Kirsty joined in with the games and was happy to talk to all students about anything they were interested in knowing. Kirsty has definitely helped promote the programme and her influence and inspiration will be a big factor in retaining participants." Sophie Harrison, Royal Holloway University
Kirsty’s love for sport started whilst still in nappies. She played football competitively at junior school and took up athletics at the age of 8. She was always out and about as a child playing with all of the boys, usually beating them across most sports! Although, she loved most sports, hockey just did not interest her but she gave into peer pressure when her friends were stuck for a GK in a match. Due to the level she was playing at in football, they thought her skills would transfer directly into goal. They were correct and her PE teacher (an England U/16 hockey manager) saw her potential and decided to coach her. Later, aged 11, Kirsty was representing her U/14 county XI and a year later she found herself representing her country, the youngest GK to be ever selected for England U/16. She gained her first GB cap 2009 and represented England through the National age group programmes, played in the Junior World Cup, and has been most successful within the England Indoor Squads winning gold in France in 2009. Kirsty trained as part of the GB centralised programme at Bisham Abbey NSC in the lead up to London 2012 and has recently been selected for the squad in the build up to Rio 2016.
2013 Selected for GB/England squad
2012 GB Senior Squad leading up to London 2012 Games
Represented England Juniors at U16, U18 and U21 Levels
2010 Indoor European Championships Gold
2005/06/07/10 English Cup Winners
2009 English National Premier League Winners
2009 & 2011 English Indoor Championship Winners
2007 British Universities Sports Association Gold
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