BBC award a ‘turning point’ for women’s sport, says South Shields rugby star Katy McLean

AWARD ... Katy McLean with the trophy.
AWARD ... Katy McLean with the trophy.

KATY McLean believes England Women’s rugby side winning Team of the Year at the Sports Personality of the Year awards night could be a ‘massive turning point’ for female sport.

England captain McLean picked up the trophy on behalf of the team to cap a memorable few months after they won the World Cup in the summer.

But the recognition of the BBC award – having beaten several great teams including the victorious Ryder Cup golf outfit – delighted South Shields ace McLean.

“I would like to thank the RFU and Sport England and our friends and family and to everybody at home, this is a massive turning point for women’s sport,” she said.

She added: ‘Team of the year is exactly that, it’s about a team and this group of people have worked so hard to achieve that.’

“Also to the ex-players who have battled to win England the World Cup. This is just as much to you as it is to us.”

After their World Cup triumph, England’s women turned professional in a bid to build on the profile and success achieved in the summer, with McLean quitting her job as a primary school teacher.