Not only is she the only girl on her football team, she's also missing a bone in her arm
Katie Pegg, 13, says she wants to play for the Argos one day
At 13, Katie hasn't only overcome the challenge of being the only girl in the Scarborough Thunder Football Association — she was also born without a radial bone in her right forearm.
She says prior to football, she wasn't using that arm much.
"When I started playing football I started using it more and I started feeling pain in my right arm," she said.
"At the same time, I've been able to make my right arm stronger and use it a lot more than I used to."
The teen first picked up a football in the sixth grade, and now spends four days a week on the field playing defensive tackle.
"Once I watched it a lot more, it was like, 'Yes, this is the sport for me,'" Katie said, admitting tackling is one of the aspects of the sport she enjoys most.
"I've always been that person who plays really rough with people, I love how it's full contact."
The love of contact makes her mother, Amanda Pegg, a little nervous.
"It makes me feel scared because right now it's with Grade 7 and 8 boys and some of those boys are really big," she said. However, she admires the passion her daughter has for the sport, and how she's overcome many challenges.
"I feel like being born as an amputee, she doesn't let that push her down," Pegg said.
"I think she really works hard to be successful in everything."
The organization Katie plays has over 300 players, but it doesn't bother her that she's the only girl.
"I don't really feel out of place that much because when I'm on the field it's a whole other scenario."
'She likes to hit'
Her coach, Kelly Shoniker, says she's is continuously growing as a player.
"She's got good technique, she works very hard. She likes to hit."
Shoniker admits he was surprised when he initially saw her on the field, but she quickly proved herself.
"I wasn't too sure how things would progress, she certainly opened my eyes shortly thereafter," he said.
"She's been a force."
Katie has told her coach and her family that she hopes to turn pro one day, and won't let any obstacles get in her way.