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Guernsey Touch chair elected to world governing body

Katrina Bray, chair of Guernsey Touch, has been elected to the sport’s world governing body.

Miss Bray, who has been on the committee of Guernsey Touch since 2005 and chair since 2009, has joined the board of the Federation of International Touch.

‘It’s a real honour to have been asked to join FIT and I’m looking forward to playing a part in the continued growth of touch. Guernsey Touch has benefited enormously from being a FIT member and so I hope to be able to give something back,’ said Miss Bray.

Miss Bray is a PR director of communications agency Liquid, which has offices in Guernsey, Jersey and England and was recently named in the top 150 consultancies in the UK and it is this experience that she will bring to FIT.

‘With more than 50 established national touch associations across the world, communication is absolutely vital and so my remit is to look at ways of sharing information between FIT and member nations and between nations themselves. With the 8th World Cup coming up in 2015, which will be the largest gathering of touch nations in the sport’s history, I have quite a lot of work to do to bring these nations together so that when they meet in Australia in less than two years, they will already know lots about each other.’

Miss Bray has been an integral part of the sport since it was first launched in Guernsey in 2004. Now it has more than 350 players and has had considerable success at international tournaments.

‘The enthusiasm for the sport in Guernsey continues and every year we see new players, of both sexes, young and old getting involved. There are very few competitive team sports where people can play alongside partners, colleagues, siblings, children and parents and that’s what appeals to so many,’ she said.

‘Touch has completely changed my life and I have some fantastic memories. The highlights for me were the World Cup in 2011, which I attended as team manager as I was pregnant with my daughter Caitlin. It was fantastic to see my partner Ollie, as Guernsey captain, collect the mixed bowl and for Guernsey to finish ninth in the world. Another was winning the inter-insular for the first time last year and of course, I always get a sense of pride when I head up to watch the FNB Summer Touch League and see so many people getting enjoyment from the sport.’

FIT president Erick Acker said he was delighted to welcome Miss Bray to the board.

‘As with so many sports, touch owes its success to volunteers who give up hundreds of hours each year. Katrina has been an important part of the sport in Guernsey and has dedicated the past nine years to growing touch on the island and I know she will be a valuable asset to FIT. I welcome her to the FIT board as promotions and marketing director and look forward to working alongside her as we continue the growth and development of the sport.’