Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women's rugby and arguably one of the most well-known names in women's team sports on the planet!
Before announcing her international retirement last year, she represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. Most recently she was a crucial member of the team that won the 2014 Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years and was part of the team that was crowned the BBC's Sports Personality Team of the Year.
In 2016 she turned her attentions to fulfilling her Olympic dreams in Rio, but this time she is swapped her rugby boots for the shot put.
Through her England rugby career she has become a household rugby name but also a media professional, commentating on live rugby matches for SKY Sports and the BBC, as well as featuring on a number of national media platforms, including outlets as diverse as the Sunday Times, Stella Magazine, the Sun and BBC's Children in Need (Gareth Malone's All Star Choir).
Most recently, she has been named as part of ITV's Rugby World Cup stellar broadcast line-up who'll be bringing viewers exclusive coverage of this year's biggest sporting event. Her inclusion in this line-up makes her the first ever former female player to commentate on men's international rugby.
Maggie is also an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don't need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport.
From South East London, Maggie has taken her education as seriously as her rugby obtaining a MSc in Sports & Exercise at Roehampton University, a BSc in the same subjects at De Montfort University and a BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies at Hertford Regional College. Additionally, she has been awarded a Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire. She now works as an Athlete Mentor Manager for the Youth Sports Trust.
Maggie Alphonsi is an excellent speaker, and is well qualified to share her experiences. Certainly when she shares those experiences, you don’t need to be a rugby fan to be interested or inspired by how she has become a prominent figure in the challenging world of a male dominated sport. Delivering to a wide variety of audiences, from corporate business dinners, to sports events or going into schools to inspire the next generation of sports stars, Maggie has a story you want to hear.
Maggie covers a range of topics including:
- Understanding pressure
- The psychology of winning
- Transferring skills
- Pressure management
- Working in a male environment
- Challenging perceptions
Maggie Alphonsi kindly agreed to speak at the WACL (Women's advertising club of London) 'Gather' event, an annual conference run by our club to inspire and inform young women in the marketing and media community. Maggie gave an exceptionally compelling talk on her life and career, focusing on what drove and motivated her throughout. Not only is she a hugely successful elite sportswoman she also has the rare gift of being able to communicate what it takes to achieve those heights in a thoroughly engaging and accessible way. The feedback from the attendees was exceptional for the event and Maggie's talk resonated with all.
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