Scotland football team captain Rachel Corsie speaks at Elgin Town Hall
RACHEL Corsie, the captain of Scotland Women's football team, was special guest at sportMoray's awards night at Elgin Town Hall on Wednesday.
Corsie delivered a 15 minute talk on her career at the midway point of the ceremony, during which 14 award winners were announced.
The 30-year-old defender, who this summer became the first Scotland captain to lead a team out at a World Cup in the 21st century, spoke to the Scot after the ceremony.
She said: "I feel being from the north there is a little bit of a disadvantage where you have to work a little bit harder to get yourself out there.
“It’s important for me encourage people who are also from this region.
“I often miss these things because I’m away in the United States so it was really nice to come and give something back.”
Corsie told of the experience she had helping Scotland qualify for the World Cup, and leading her team out in the opening game.
"It was surreal. The biggest thing is we had a great group of players.
"Being there together was special. The qualifying campaign was such a high. I still watch the game against Albania when we qualified – the feeling that day, there is nothing comparable.
"The fans, support and the whole experience is hard to put into words. I'm so glad there has been a knock-on effect in the game as a whole and we are trying to capitalise on that as much as we can to keep the game moving forward."
Corsie, who has made more than 100 appearances for Scotland, is now playing in the United States with the Utah Royals.
But she had encouragement for local football team Moray Girls, who this season won all but one game as they won their league title.
She added: "It's a case of keep working hard at training and keep pushing for more. Never accept the standard you are at. Always want more and more and push yourself.
"You have to push yourself, not give yourself any limitations and see how far you can go.
"It would be great to have more teams from the north who can compete in the women's league."