On the court, UWS Sirens and England netball star Sara Bayman is 100 per cent focused on helping her team win. Off the court, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is bringing that same level of dedication to building a successful career.
As a female athlete in a minority sport, Bayman has always been enthusiastic about pursuing opportunities outside professional netball. Now confirmed as an ambassador to the VSI Life After Sport Summit, she is keen to help other athletes explore their interests and advance their career prospects.
“At the elite level everyone wants to do their best and it is very competitive. But, because it is a minority sport, I think everyone is also aware of the need to have a plan B.
“Female sport especially does not set you up for life financially and everyone is very aware of that. A lot of netball players train full time and hold a job down as well. That really helps you focus on what you want to do.
“As I’ve gotten towards the end of my career it has become a more pressing issue for me. You start to think about what experience you have and what you can do to add to your CV.”
A great believer in the transferable skills that professional sportspeople have to offer, Bayman believes the only limit to an athlete’s potential is their imagination. She is confident that the Life After Sport Summit will provide a winning combination of inspiration and practical advice.
“It’s in an athlete’s nature that once they decide they are going to do something they want to go full steam ahead and get on with it. They want to give everything 100 per cent,” she said
“I’d like athletes attending the summit to feel that they can get the information and all the support that they need for what they want to do.
“They might go in there having no idea what they want to do with their life after sport. If they can see something on the day that catches their eye and puts them on the path to achieving something then that would be incredible.
“Alternatively there might be those who know exactly what they want to achieve but have no idea how to go about doing it, the event will provide them with the knowledge and support they need.”
The Life After Sport Summit, organised in partnership with Salford Professional Development, will be held at Old Trafford on Wednesday, May 30. Register your interest in the day – here.