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.
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.