25 Jun 2019
SBE alumna appointed an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Former England netball captain and SBE alumna Ama Agbeze has been appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The defender enjoyed two stints with Lightning as well as playing for the University during her time studying on the MSc in Finance and Management.
Ama, who made her international debut in 2001 and has won 100 caps for England, has received the MBE for services to netball. In 2016, Ama was named England captain after helping her team win a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. And then last year, Ama captained the side to a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
After England’s triumphant moment at the Gold Coast, the team were awarded with Team of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards, the BT Sport Awards and the Sports Journalists’ Association Awards.
They also came out on top in a public vote against football, cricket, golf and boxing to win Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year, alongside Team of the Year, at the 65th BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Ama was individually awarded The Royal Navy Sportswoman of the Year Award, at the 2019 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards in April.
She was deservedly inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in September 2018 in testament to her contribution to netball in England.
Congratulations, Ama, you have accomplished so much, and we can’t wait to see what you do next!