South Tyneside sporting star Katy Mclean is ready for the experience of a lifetime as she gets set to kick-off her Olympic Games experience tomorrow.
Katy is flying the flag for South Shields in Rio as part of the Women’s Rugby Sevens team.
The whole of the borough will be behind her and I am sure she will do us proud in BrazilCoun Alan Smith
It is the first time rugby union has been played at the Games since 1924.
Katy and her Great Britain team-mates will take on host nation Brazil in their opening group game from 4pm tomorrow.
If successful, they will hope to compete in the gold medal match on Monday.
Katy, 30, has been wished well ahead of tomorrow’s opener.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith, said: “We are extremely proud of Katy and we wish her the very best of luck for the Rio Olympics.
“The whole of the borough will be behind her and I am sure she will do us proud in Brazil.”
South Shields Football Club’s Twitter account, meanwhile, added: “Good luck to South Shields’ @katymc10 in the Olympic Games! We’re sure you’ll do the town and country proud yet again! #TeamGB #Rio2016”
Katy, 30, is a women’s rugby legend, having skippered England to World Cup glory in 2014 in France.
She is now a full-time professional, and plays for the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.
The Olympic competition is taking place at at the Deodoro Stadium, and as well as hosts Brazil, Great Britain are in a pool with Japan and Canada.