With planning for this year’s Corps Open Day well under way we thought it was time to let you know who this year’s celebrity host for the RLC Sports Awards isâ€¦.
Each year a well-known sports personality is invited to the Corps Open Day to present the annual RLC Sports Awards. The RLC Sports Awards recognise excellence and sporting achievements by serving members of the Corps.
And we can now announce that this year’s special guest will be Maggie Alphonsi MBE!
Maggie is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably is one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet! Before her retirement from rugby in 2014 she was an English Rugby Union player, who played as a flanker for the Saracens W.R.F.C and England, she is now turning her attentions to being in front of the camera working for a number of different media outlets.
Maggie Alphonsi also known as ‘Maggie the Machine’ was appointed MBE in June 2012 for her Services to Rugby. Maggie used to work as an Athlete Mentor Manager for the Youth Sport Trust where she inspired and raised the aspirations of many young people.
She has an MSc in Sports & Exercise Assessment, a BSc in the same subject and a BTEC National Diploma in Leisure Studies. She was been named as one of the ambassadors for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, she was also part of the star-studded ITV commentary team that covered the 2015 Men’s Rugby World Cup. Maggie is also an ambassador for the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation, a Patron of Sporting Equals and does charity work for SKRUM, delivering rugby in Swaziland to help against gender violence.
Maggie was named as the 2006 IRB Player of the Year, the 2010 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and was the first woman to win the Rugby Union Writers’ Club prestigious Pat Marshall award in 2011. She was also part of Gareth Malone’s 2014 All-Star Choir that released a single for Children in Need that went to Number 1 in the charts. She now embarks on a new challenge as she switches sports to compete in athletics as a shot put thrower and fulfill her dream to compete in an Olympic Games.