With Mother’s Day just around the corner we caught up with England International and Wolves’ forward Chris Hill at home with his mum and family.
The Wolves will travel to the John Smith’s stadium this Mothering Sunday, 30 March, to face Huddersfield Giants. Treat your mum to something special from WolfWare with a wide range of Primrose and Blue gift ideas on offer including the 2014 Ladies Away Shirt proudly worn by Chris’ mum Carol.
Chris joined Warrington back in 2012 from Championship side Leigh and has since gone on to lift a Challenge Cup trophy and represent his country in Rugby League World Cup 2013.
His mum Carol has been by his side throughout since that very first training session and Chris believes her support has been invaluable.
“She’s unbelievable. She’s stood on many Saddleworth and Waterhead pitches on a Sunday morning, knee high in mud from me being under six. I don’t think she’s missed many games apart from Catalan but last year she even came there. She’s been an inspiration to me.
“When you are travelling up and down the country you need that support of your parents. I breezed through it as I had my mum and my dad. Both were there every week, every day and at every training session.”
Chris’ first taste of Rugby League was through his dad’s interest in the game but his mum can take some credit for him being one step ahead as she reminisces over how different it could have been.
“We took him to his first training session and I can remember it like it was yesterday. We joined him up but it was only when he’d played his first game that they said the others were all six; they were all a year older. I’d taken him to the wrong session (laughs) He then played above his age until he was about 15. I’ve never missed a game. We follow him everywhere. All the family do. Kathryn’s mum and dad are really supportive too. It’s a whole family thing; that’s what rugby is, it’s a game that you can take your family to without worrying.”
Carol’s watched her son playing as a junior, in the Championship, in Super League and now on the international stage, and she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I’m very proud. It makes me a bit tearful when I talk about it. When someone achieves what they want to do in life, at that level, it’s a very proud moment.”
And proud is how Chris hopes his mum and family feel.
“I’m out on the pitch but I know she’ll (mum’ll) have had a tear as that national anthem started when we were in Wales (for the World Cup). It’s making them (parents) feel proud of me. They’ve stuck with me (and my rugby) since I was six so it’s just about giving them a bit back.
“I’ll always buy my mum a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates on Mother’s Day.”
Carol has the final word.
“I usually remind him though (laughs). No, he spoils us and treats us all year round.”
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(Pictured: Chris and his mum Carol, courtesy of George Thornton)