Y12 student Katie Booker has won the prestigious silver cup as Cricket Player of the Season.
The founder of the Whitley Hall Cricket club Steve Fletcher sadly passed away this year, so it is extra special for Katie to be awarded the prestigious silver cup.
Talented Katie is currently studying Drama, Psychology, Chemistry and Biology – at Chapeltown Academy and somehow manages to fit in playing for five different teams in cricket!
Katie is pictured at here at Headingly in full Northern Diamonds Cricket kit – we asked her to tell us more…
Women’s cricket is really doing well, and I play in mixed and women’s teams.
I’m one of the few lasses playing cricket and it is so great seeing so many different people playing of all ages.
It is like a second family as I play for two clubs so it’s two families! I love the social side too.
What do you love about the game of cricket itself?
I am a very competitive person and get stuck in straight into it. I only started two years ago – I used to do tap and ballet and I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try something which challenged me.
Recently I’ve been working on my bowling, but my heart will always be for batting. With batting I just let all my stresses out!
What are your plans for the future?
I am planning to be a physiotherapist – people that I know have needed physiotherapy and I have seen someone I know improving through physiotherapy massively – it’s been amazing. A lot of people in cricket and all sports need physiotherapy all the time so you can really help people improve their lives. I have been really lucky and will be doing my work experience at a physiotherapist so I hope this will give me first-hand experience of the daily life of a physio. I’m very excited – I can’t wait.
I’d also like to travel and teach sports at summer camps in Canada or America – anyone out there with contacts here I am!
Katie, the world awaits – exciting times ahead.