Watching rugby on TV inspired Lark to take up the game when ten at Orleton Primary School in Shropshire before she moved on to Wigmore High School, Ludlow College and the University of Worcester. She obtained a degree in primary education and QTS and is now teaching at Kingsland Primary School, near Leominster.
Her rugby education includes playing for Luctonians and the Worcester U15 team which led to Premiership appearances for Worcester Valkyries and her university’s first XV. She captained the Midlands U18 side and went on to win her first senior cap against the United States in the 2015 Super Series at Calgary Rugby Park. She said: “It was my proudest rugby moment so far.” Lark also played twice during the corresponding tournament at Salt Lake City in 2016.
Her breakthrough was for the England U20 side, for which she made 10 appearances, including four against France. Lark’s mentors have been Peter Williams, a coach at Greyhounds RFC and for the Worcester U18 team while her dad Matthew, who used to play at the University of Worcester, and mum Ruth are highly supportive. Lark said: “My sporting idol is my sister. She was a competitive swimmer who used to get up at 3.30 in the morning to train while she was still at school.
“I like to play rounders and used to be involved in a summer league. I watch rugby, support Worcester Warriors and enjoyed various sports at the Rio Olympics, especially cycling. Sweets are my favourite things to eat, the Lion King is the best film I have seen and The Hunger Games is my top book. I also like watching Don’t Tell the Bride on TV.”
Lark achieved an overall ‘outstanding’ in her final teaching placement, regards herself as “hard working, caring and inquisitive” while friends compliment her on being “thoughtful, empathetic and meticulous”. The charities she supports are Village by Village and Cure Leukaemia.
2015 USA(R) 2016 C(R), USA(R) 2017 C(R), C(R), C(R) 2018 It, W(R)
Last updated: 12 February 2018.