Humble Katherine Rednall quick to thank others after world title success
You would never have guessed she’d become a world champion.
Katherine Rednall, 18, proved a class apart at Potters in the World Singles Matchplay final defeating defending champion Rebecca Field in two sets, but was nothing but humble after the triumph.
Always polite and amiable, Rednall admits she isn’t a fan of the media attention and, having carried out her duties after the game, returned to being a normal teenager, texting and chatting to friends and replying to well-wishers on Facebook.
She could have been forgiven if her ego had gone up a notch or two, but the sixth-former was not having a bit of it and she chuckled, almost embarrassed, at the news that her friends at school had been watching her every delivery and created posters saying they were members of “Team Rednall”.
The recipient of a handsome trophy, she revealed how a friend on the bowls circuit in Wiltshire, Jordan Moody, should also take some credit as it was his bowls that she had borrowed and used in the final!
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That was because Rednall’s favourite model of wood was not available in the competition – in green or red – that is permitted, the teenager usually favouring blue bowls.
There was also a big hug for Field’s mum as she entered the media room, Rednall apologising for her victory. There was no need.
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The youngster deserves all the credit she gets and not one person at Potters would have argued yesterday that she wasn’t a worthy winner.
There’s no hiding the fact that Rednall has confidence, she wouldn’t have got to the stage she had otherwise, but she remains down-to-earth.
“I did think of winning and I knew I had a chance, otherwise I would not have been here,” she explained.
“But it’s all a bit mad, ridiculous. I made a point of not looking at the trophy as I walked past it and it’s still not sunk in yet.”
Katherine began as a five-year-old, following in the footsteps of fellow family members, namely her dad, John, who has been an England international for 25 years.
“They have been brilliant, dad got me involved when I was five but I wanted to get on the green earlier if I am being honest,” Rednall added.
“I couldn’t really get out of playing bowls but I didn’t want too either.
“My family have been my taxi up and down the country, prior to me passing my driving test and I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for them.
“My friends have been great too and I have had so much support from texts and phone calls and from the school.”
Dad John, who had tears in his eyes, added: “The rise to this point has in some ways been gradual as she has been playing since she was five.
“She’s always had potential but has really come on the in the last couple of years, winning the Champion of Champions title for instance.”