“In my 63-cap career, I’d been on the losing side only eight times, won six Six Nations tournaments, played in two World Cup finals (2006 was the first) and won the England Player of the Year award – a pretty good return in anyone’s book, but not mine.”
This was the standout quote from Catherine’s book and one we delved into during the podcast. It was really refreshing to hear her speak so honestly about the disappointment she experienced from not winning the Rugby World Cup and one that she still hasn’t come to terms with. I can empathise with this, as when I was 17 I was dropped for a National Final at Goodison Park, despite playing and scoring in the semi-final. I’m not bitter honest! But I remember the feeling of not wanting the team to win, and the player in my position to have a poor game. I know, I’m not proud of this at all. But I think this is relevant and only as I matured was I able to feel truly happy for other people’s success and I believe this is a really important life skill to learn. There is a lot of jealousy out there, particularly at other’s success, and only when we are truly happy with our lives can we fully be happy for others.
I loved this conversation with Catherine, she had a wonderful career and it speaks volumes about her drive and determination that she wanted more. Hopefully, in years to come, she will be able to look back and fully appreciate the amazing career she had, and the brilliant person she is.
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