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Margaret Alphonsi MBE England Rugby World Cup Winner Inspirational Speaker   

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 in 2014, Maggie Alphonsi represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also 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. 

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.

Maggie Alphonsi  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.  

Her speaking topics include:

leadership, 

Understanding pressure,

The psychology of winning,

Transferring skills, 

Pressure management,

Working in a male environment and challenging perceptions.

 Maggie Alphonsi  Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

Maggie Alphonsi  Inspirational and Motivational Speaker

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 in 2014,  Maggie Alphonsi  represented her country an impressive 74 times, scored 28 tries, and helped England win a record breaking seven consecutive Six Nations crowns. She was also 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. 

Through her England rugby career Maggie Alphonsi 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, Maggie Alphonsi was part of ITV’s Rugby World Cup broadcast line-up. Her inclusion made her the first ever former female player to commentate on men’s international rugby.  

Maggie Alphonsi 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 Alphonsi 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.

 Major Achievements:

2016: Member of the ITV Six Nations broadcast team (strictly P & C currently)

2015: First former female player ever to be part of a broadcast team for a men’s Rugby World Cup 

2015: Rugby World Cup Ambassador

2014: BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year winner

2014: Number One single with Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir (Children in Need) 

2014: Rugby World Cup winner

2012: Awarded an MBE for Services to Rugby

2012: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2011: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2011: Rugby Union Writers Club Player of the Year. Maggie became the first woman to win this prize in its 50-year history.

2010: Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year

2010: Rugby World Cup runner-up

2010: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2009: Rugby World Cup Sevens Plate winner

2009: Six Nations winner

2008: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2007: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2006: IRB Women’s Rugby Player of the year

2006: Rugby World Cup runner-up

2006: Six Nations Grand Slam winner

2003: England debut

Her speaking topics include: leadership, understanding pressure, the psychology of winning, transferring skills, pressure management, working in a male environment and challenging perceptions.


Margaret Alphonsi MBE England Rugby World Cup Winner Inspirational Speaker

Maggie Alphonsi was incredibly inspirational. Her presentation was current and acknowledged the important role that teachers, PE and sport plays in lives. She talked about her experiences and successful journeys. She presented with high energy, emotion, empathy and humour and ignited the audience to close the  day on a high!

Maggie Alphonsi was awesome!

Mike Crichton Chair

National Association for Physical Education (afPE)

8th Suffolk PE & School Sport Conference 3 March 2016

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