Brother and sister Joshua and Victoria Britland have made it a dual celebration after both have been selected for high honours within their respective rugby codes.
Joshua has had his contract with Hull FC under-18s extended, despite missing most of last season with an ankle injury, while Victoria has been chosen as a centre for the North of England women’s rugby union team.
Joshua spent a long time on the bench during Hull FC’s peak season matches and then an ankle injury further reduced his chances of getting on the field.
However, he increased his efforts and continued to commit to the hard training sessions four times a week, adhered to a strict diet and attended all the matches.
His positive attitude paid off when his coach gave him an opportunity to impress in the last two matches of the season, against Featherstone and Castleford.
Joshua came on in the second half of the match aagainst Featherstone and scored a brilliant try. The match against Castleford saw him playing with determination and flair before he was brought off for ten minutes and then returned to clinch the winning try and intercepted a potential try from the opposition.
His patience was rewarded with a further contract for next year.
Victoria is studying a sports degree at Northumbria University, playing for her university team and Team Northumbria in Newcastle.
Following her success at the North of England trials, held in Buckinghamshire, her coach is now putting her forward for trials for Great Britain Universities.
They wish to give a special thank you to Living Springs Ministries Prayer Team in Market Weighton for their unfailing and consistent support.