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Ama Agbeze added to Sporting Chance Summit Line Up

Sporting Chance is delighted to announce that former England Netball Captain Ama Agbeze is joining the host of top guest speakers at the 2023 Sporting Chance Summit, which this year focuses on the effects wellbeing has on performance.

Ama made her international debut in 2001 and has won 100 England caps to date, and having played in Australia, New Zealand and England, and across five positions on the court has been dubbed as a 'marvel of the modern netball world'. A great orator and motivator, Ama was named England captain in 2016 and led the Vitality Roses to their historic gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She was inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in testament to her contribution to the sport in England.

When Ama was named as England captain, the position allowed her to motivate the team to their victory on the Gold Coast in 2018, turning around the disappointing 4th place finish at Glasgow 2014. Having observed the approaches of many captains before her she made the conscious decision to be an empathetic leader – someone who wasn’t the loudest in the room or the team superstar, but who was able to motivate each person as an individual by giving them her time, understanding what each person brings and selecting the right person for the right situation.

She was also acutely aware that the culture of the team and their mental strength was just as important to work on as physical strength. Feeling that this area was underdeveloped she proactively pushed for psychological support to be provided to the team, allowing them to develop a joint culture which they could all be accountable to.

As well as sharing her experiences of teamwork and leadership, Ama also reflects on the question of diversity from a number of perspectives – race, gender in sport, and the importance of understanding that people have many different layers. Her message is a simple one – judge people on the basis of what they say and do, not on pre-conceived ideas of what to expect.

More recently, Ama has used her depth knowledge of international sport, combined with her legal qualification, for taking roles as an ambassador, trustee and/or board member to various charitable organisations such as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Birmingham 2022 and SportsAid.

Ama is an experienced and confident speaker, a shining light in women’s sport, and we are delighted she is taking part in The Sporting Chance Summit.

The Sporting Chance Summit will be on 11th October 2023 at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, with tickets going on sale on Monday 6th February 2023.

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