A nursery worker from Nottingham has been chosen to represent England in the 2019 Rugby Touch World Cup.
Sadi Meakin, 27, beat off competition to secure her place in the Women’s Open Team who will be heading to Malaysia in April.
This is the fourth time she’s represented the national side and her second appearance at the World Cup.
“It’s been a hard journey this year, mentally and physically. I train at least 5 or 6 times a week”
Sadi juggles Touch Rugby with her role as Deputy Leader of Hollies Day Nurseries in West Bridgford. The nursery is flexible around working hours and provides her with support.
The nursery is sponsoring Sadi’s away kit. The owner, Drew Pike, said “We are incredibly proud. Sadi is a fantastic role model to our staff and the children at the nursery and proof of what can be achieved with tenacity and hard work.
“We can’t wait to hear all about her adventures in Malaysia and will all be cheering her on from Nottingham.”
Sadi started playing Touch Rugby in 2010 after being “thrown onto the pitch” during a holiday to Australia.
When she returned to England, she started playing for Nottingham Touch Club before progressing to regional competitions and was picked up by the national team in 2014.
The competition is going to be really tough
She represented England at the European Championships in 2014, 2016 and 2018, when the team won Gold medals. She also competed in the 2015 World Cup.
The England team have won golds at the European Championships
Held once every four years, this year’s Touch World Cup will see 116 teams from 20 nations playing in 15 categories.
The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Malaysia between 29th April and 4th May 2019.
“The competition is going to be really tough but we’re a strong team so we’re hopeful we’ll do really well.”
The England team is trying to raise £500,000 to help fund flights and accommodation via Crowdfunding.