KAITLIN Hilton hopes to achieve top marks by helping Wigan’s women to their Grand Final as the Warriors’ men aim to reach theirs.
That would see them justify the pressure of sharing the billing of belonging to arguably rugby league’s most successful club.
Kaitlin Hilton hopes to help Wigan’s women to a Grand Final as the men aim to do likewiseSWPIX.COM
Next week sees the 19-year-old begin her degree course after achieving the grades she wanted in her A-levels.
But first comes the exam she and her team-mates will face at York Valkyrie, with Kaitlin hoping what Matt Peet’s side is on course for can assist Kris Ratcliffe’s.
She said ahead of beginning at Edge Hill University, where she will study educational psychology: “Being a Wigan Warriors player carries that pressure, no matter which side you play for.
“Coming from Wigan and watching the men’s team before the formation of the women’s, it’s quite big especially with how well the men are doing this season.
“You always want to strive to be as competitive and being involved with them at one club training sessions, you can see how hard they work.
“We want to be as successful as them. We want it in our own right but we’re spurred on by how they’re doing, especially when we’ve played in double header matches.
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“And this year we’ve really pushed ourselves. People actually think we can win silverware whereas previously we’d settled. With the development we’ve had we can really compete.
“Long-term, we’re looking for silverware and there’s a lot of progression and development in us.
“And by the end of my degree, I’d love the choice of going into work or being a full-time rugby league player.”