Ken Reay is a family friend and former chairman of Westoe Rugby club, where Katy used to play. He says, even as a youngster, her talent was clear to see.
South Shields rugby star Katy McLean has already received an MBE for services to rugby. Now, she's captained the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.
England have won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.
The side, captained by Katy McLean, from South Shields, beat Canada 21- 9 in the final on Sunday, August 17.
Katy's dad Dave McLean spoke to ITV News while traveling back from the French capital.
He said: " It's been amazing. Absolutely fantastic.
"I've been here for the whole tournament and they're worthy winners.
"I was here when they lost four years ago so this is brilliant. I am so proud of her.
"An MBE at the start of the year, a World Cup Winner's medal now, what can we expect at the end of the year? Brilliant."
Sarah Clark, who won a gold medal in her weight class in judo at the Commonwealth Games last Friday (25th July), says she hopes people in South Shields are proud. She is originally from the town but now represents Scotland.
The head of a South Shields college says the death of one his students in Tanzania has left the community "devastated".
Sir Ken Gibson, Executive Headteacher of Harton Technology College, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends".
We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth form students. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students, and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania. We are hopeful that they will be flying home as soon as possible and we will have professional support in place for all concerned."
Enquiries are set to continue today after an 18-year-old student from South Shields was found dead whilst on a school trip to Africa.
The student, from Harton Technology College in South Shields, was in Tanzania on an expedition.
A spokeswoman from South Tyneside Council confirmed that counselling will be offered to anyone affected by the incident.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We will be offering counselling and any other support that we can to those affected by this tragic incident.”
A student from Harton Technology College in South Shields has died while on a school trip in Tanzania.
The student, who was 18 years old, died yesterday (Tuesday 22nd July). The circumstances of his death are currently unknown.
We are aware of the death of a British national in Tanzania on July 22. We are providing consular assistance at this sad time.”
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A fifteen year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling down cliffs at Frenchman's Bay in South Shields. Emergency services including Tynemouth RNLI and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer were involved in the rescue. The teenager is being treated for leg injuries at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in South Shields.
The 32-year-old was allegedly attacked in the Pierhead car park between 10pm and 11:45pm on July 11. Extra police patrols are in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.