PROFESSIONAL England women’s rugby player Lark Davies was the guest speaker at the bi-annual meeting of the Corbett Group Women’s Institutes (WI).
Lark spoke about how her interest in rugby was sparked after going to matches with her grampi and at the age of 12 and she then took up the sport with Worcester Warriors.
When she was 18 she tried out for the international senior team and won her first cap in 2015.
Her career progressed and she became a professional rugby player for England where she was awarded 15 caps.
As well as talking about her own successes she spoke about body image and the conflict between society’s demands for women to be thin whereas the sport of rugby demands a more robust figure.
The Corbett Group is made up of eight WIs across Droitwich and the surrounding area with Wednesday’s meeting hosted by Fernhill Heath WI.
Corbett Group co-ordinator Alison Newell said: “It was really inspiring to hear from Lark who has forged a career in a sport which was male dominated until only 20 years ago.”
She added Lark was brave to share her body image experience as it was so relevant today.