Netball star eyes golden opportunity
Published 29 April 2018
From the commentary box to the classroom, 2018 looks set to be a year of new experiences for netball star Sara Bayman.
Fresh off her return from Australia’s Gold Coast where she leant her voice to the BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games netball competition, the former England captain is now preparing to join the VSI MSc in Sporting Directorship course as part of this year’s cohort.
Bayman, who had the best seat in the house as England clinched the gold medal against hosts Australia in a classic match, will be hoping this next challenge will end as successfully as the first.
“It’s not something I expected,” she said.
“I thought I’d go along and do some comms, then the whole thing just exploded. Getting to do commentary on the netball final and for England to win it was just amazing.
“Some of my best friends are in that team so there was a lot of stress watching it, it was amazing to be there to see a dream come true for them.”
Bayman, who was capped 84 times by her country, has enjoyed her own share of success on the court.
“I’ve got medals from the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup, and winning the Super League with Manchester Thunder was special,” she said.
“It’s the individual games that are the highlight for me. Everyone wants to play in those big games.
Now approaching the end of her playing career, she aims to bring the same hard work and determination to her masters study.
“I’ve been an athlete at the top of my sport for ten years so I know how to be in a high performance environment and I know about team dynamics,” said Bayman.
“This course offers me the opportunity to fill in some of the gaps in my resume with some of the skills I don’t really have. So when I go into a sports organisation I have all the skills I need and I’m not just some ex-athlete who is giving it a go.
“I’m interested in a role like technical director or sporting director. Whether that’s in netball or in another sport is not important because I’m interested in team dynamics.
“I always liked being at school and university so I’m looking forward to it. I think a lot of the learning will be from each other as well as the content of the course.”
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