Recognised as the face of women’s rugby, Maggie Alphonsi has not only enjoyed an impressive international career herself but gained essential representation for females in the sport. Having competed for England for over a decade, Maggie is hailed has a British rugby great, and continues to maintain her prominence as a popular commentator, sharing her insight on high profile games. Throughout her career Maggie has proven the benefits of increased diversity in sports, and now acts as a speaker for corporate clients, wishing to promote inclusion in the workplace.
Gaining 74 caps for the England national team, over 11 years firmly secured Maggie’s position in international rugby. A resilient player on and off the pitch, Maggie’s impressive performances as a flanker led to play in two World Cups, winning the 2014 Rugby World Cup, as a part of the first team to do so in 20 years. Equally dominant in the Six Nations competition, Maggie assisted in England winning seven consecutive Six Nations titles and became the first woman to be awarded the Pat Marshall Award for her efforts before her retirement in 2014.
Backed by such an illustrious career, Maggie has been the recipient of global recognition. From being named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year in 2010, to being honoured for her services to rugby with an MBE, Maggie has a place in rugby history. In 2016 she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, a testament to her contributions and continued dedication to sport.
Establishing a reputation as a woman in a male-dominated industry is no easy feat, and one that has given Maggie the toughest of challenges to face. Through speaking engagements and her active advocacy work, Maggie’s influence extends beyond the pitch to championing inclusion and diversity in every industry, not least sports.
“Maggie is an incredibly inspirational speaker. Her presentation was topical and acknowledged the important role that teachers, PE and sport plays in lives. She presented with high energy, emotion, empathy and humour and ignited the audience. She was awesome!”
“Having heard lots about what a great addition to an event Maggie would be, she did not disappoint – from the moment she arrived, her warm smile and easy manner made her a fantastic guest – she was happy to be interviewed, delivering passionate viewpoints about her personal story in rugby then chatting effortlessly to staff – and then taking part in a very honest way in our panel discussion – finally, joining us for drinks and more chatting after, she was just brilliant and inspiring – as well as incredibly honest which is so refreshing. We really enjoyed having her and everyone commented that she was a fantastic addition to the event.”
“Please may you pass on a huge thanks to Maggie for taking the time to talk with our team and share her wisdom. We have already received terrific feedback on how engaging and actionable her talk was. Maggie’s talk was extremely thought provoking and insightful in conveying what it means to be an accountable leader as well as energising the group.”