From a young age, Philippa enjoyed participating in Sport and was particularly talented at playing Hockey, Netball and Athletics. She always wished to get involved with Rugby, but felt this was never an option for her whilst growing up as it was a male dominated sport in her school.
When Philippa left school she went on to study at Cardiff University. It was at University that she first got the opportunity to play Rugby and found that she loved the sport and played as often as she could.
She worked her way from her University team, to a Club team, Welsh Regional team and then Welsh Development team before being made Captain of the Welsh Development team in 2005. Following her hard work and resilience, she was incredibly proud to get her first call up to the Senior Welsh Women’s Rugby Squad in 2005.
After receiving her first cap against Spain in 2006, she went on to play rugby 7s and Touch Rugby for Wales. Throughout her sporting career, she has played in three World Cups, six European Championships, seven Home Nations and seven Six nations Championships.
Her hard work and determination was recognised when she was awarded Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) Development player of the year, Touch Rugby Home Nations player of the year and most recently WRU Regional Player of the year.
Philippa was appointed as an Athlete Mentor in 2015 and said: ‘It is fantastic that I have been given the opportunity to support an initiative that teaches young people how life skills can be built through sport. Sport has taught me that hard work and resilience are necessary for success and I look forward to sharing this with young people who have their own ambitions’.
- Welsh International
- WRU Development & Regional Player of the Year.