Inspiring Others Changing Lives
Natasha - also known as Mo - has aspired to encourage sports participation in others for enjoyment and towards a healthy lifestyle from a young age. While still at school she gained her first coaching qualification, and has continued to build on this knowledge and experience through college and then university, completing a BA in Sports Development and Coaching at Bath university. This love to inspire the next generation was harboured when she became a PE assistant and later a PE teacher. Since 2014 Mo has relished the opportunity to become a full time athlete and absolutely loves the experience. Her love of grass roots and belief in the harbouring of young talent still remains very much the same and she is particularly keen on inclusion in sports, finding ways to involve those with physical barriers to participation or lacking motivation. Mo is also a keen participant, having represented her county or region at netball, athletics, golf, rugby and football, before deciding on rugby as her specialised sport at the age of 17. She is extremely grateful for the opportunities sport has given her and is completely invested in giving back.
"Natasha is an inspirational role model for all the young people taking part either as an athlete or a leader."
Alma Borthwick, Wiltshire School Games
"Natasha was excellent. She fully engaged in the event and was happy to undertake any role we asked of her."
Ryan Armes, Birmingham School Games
Mo’s sporting career began at the age of 17 when her PE teacher suggested that she tried rugby and it was love at first sight. Her England dream became reality in the space of a few months as she progressed from the West Midlands trials, the high performance academy and trials for the England U20 squad. She went on to start the 2014 World Cup final that brought her 29th cap and the triumph over Canada. Her sevens exploits include a variety of appearances for the full squad since 2010, she has competed in European Championships, on the World Series and even more recently at an Olympic games representing Team GB. She has scored 112 points in 11 events, comprising 22 tries and a conversion and made another two touchdowns in the 29-3 pool win over Brazil when representing Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A PE teacher at Sir Graham Balfour School in Stafford before being rewarded with a full time contract with the RFU, she had a proud off-field moment when presenting an assembly on aspirations to her old school. She said: “The kids were fab!” Initially a full back, the move from Bristol to Lichfield kick started a positional switch and going on to play for England. Gloucester-born Natasha was educated at Dean Magna Community School, Hartpury College and Bath University.
2016 – Represented GB at Rio Olympics
2014 – 2016 Represented England on the World Rugby Sevens Series & European Championships
2014 – current centralised full time England player
2014 Rugby World Cup winner
2013 member of England Sevens World Cup squad
2010 represented England in the Euro 7s
2009 – 2011 England A player
2007-2009 U20 England player
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