Greenock Wanderers Ladies player Caitlyn Haldane has been crowned Sporting Champion of the Year at the Inverclyde Community Champion Awards for developing women’s and girls’ rugby.

Rugby has been the 24-year-old’s passion since she starting up the Ladies team in 2013.

Caitlyn teaches at Aileymill Primary School in Greenock, plays for the senior Greenock Wanderers team and coaches girls aged between 8 and 15.

“I am overjoyed to win the award, I did not expect to win it over the other finalists,” she said.

“It’s just great to see that women’s and girls’ sport is growing and moving forward. I am so passionate because I have a belief that with a team of girls and a backing from Scottish Rugby we can make rugby huge.

“It has already grown massively over the past couple of years and I know it will continue to if there is the commitment and drive from the women and girls involved at the moment.

“I would say to youngsters just give it a try because I have no doubt that they will fall in love with the sport and it will change their life for the better.

“Personally, my confidence has grown massively and I have met friends for life. Rugby is for everyone and it is important for girls to realise there is a place for them on the team, whatever age, size or shape.”

Caitlyn Haldane Greenock Wanderers

Looking ahead to 2017/18 Caitlyn is excited.

She explained: “My hopes for Greenock this year are to compete and finish in the top half of the table.

“We’ve now had a taster of what National One has to offer and this year we can go in more confidently, knowing what to expect.

“With me being a primary school teacher, the work life balance can be challenging. However, rugby is my release.

“I get such a buzz from just going from work to training. It makes me just forget about work and focus on something I love. Being active is part of my routine, and with rugby I can be active and do the sport I love.”

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