Pamela Cookey has become the face of England Netball after 11 years of playing for her country, three years as captain and now as a broadcaster for Sky Sports and the BBC.
In October 2015, she announced her retirement from international sport. During her tenure, England’s star shooter set netball a light around the globe winning an impressive twobronze Commonwealth medals at the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi games. Along the way she also bagged two World Championship bronze medals and, as England vice-captain, helped inspire England to a first ever global championship gold medal at the Netball World Series.
Now, she has retired from the on court activity, she has taken on the prestigious role of Director of Netball at Super League team Severn Stars.
"All very good – excellent session with the girls and also a good talk to parents. I will be recommending her to other schools."– Chris Hammond, Headteacher, Lyonsdown School
"She was an excellent speaker and we were really pleased to have her along to our evening. She happily had photos with the girls and made the evening really enjoyable for all. I would definitely recommend her to other prospective schools."– Victoria Clemens, Bromley High School
"Pamela Cookey is an incredible athlete who has been at the top of her game, as well as the top of her working career. This was demonstrated through the inspiring talk she delivered at our Sports Conference at the University of Gloucestershire. Her speech took the visiting students on the journey of how sport took hold of her during her school years, giving her the passion to drive for the ‘claret red dress’. Coupled with what it took for her to bounce back from what could have been a career ending injury - twice, proved hugely motivational for our visitors. Pamela’s speech was very relatable for the students who attended the conference as they share her passion for playing sport and could relate to Pamela’s experiences. She was very professional in her delivery and created a great lasting impression of herself to our visitors. All in all, Pamela fulfilled our aims of delivering an exciting and motivational opening for the University of Gloucestershire Sports Conference."– Ellie Lewis, Outreach and Widening Participation Graduate Advocate in Sport Communications
“Pamela is an inspiration to young athletes but also so many other people in different walks of life. Having reached the dizzy heights of international netball, she also suffered countless injuries but she never let them stand in her way of achieving her goals. Pamela is honest and engaging and the SportsAid supporters in Cambridge enjoyed listening to her enthralling story which she delivered in an articulate and engaging style.”– Sally Peck, SportsAid
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