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University of Chichester to welcome world netball star Geva Mentor

GOLD medal-winning netball champion Geva Mentor CBE is coming to the University of Chichester to speak about her trophy-laden career.

The former England captain, who helped the national team secure bronze in the 2019 world cup, will also be hosting an open masterclass at the institution on Thursday 7 November.

Goalkeeper Geva has competed in five Commonwealth Games – winning gold in 2018 – and five world championships, having made her playing debut in 2000. The six-foot-two star, who was given a CBE in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s honours list, now plays for the Collingwood Magpies in the Australia Suncorp Netball League.

The event, available tickets here, has been organised by University of Chichester head of sports coaching Jane Lomax, a sports psychologist who has previously coached the England and British University netball teams.

She said: “It’s an incredible privilege to welcome Geva to the University to talk about her rise to the top of world netball, as well as England’s successes in the World Cup, and to share her talents on the court alongside the public and our students.

“We’ll also take the opportunity to congratulate Geva on being named on the Queen’s 2019 honours list. It’s another example of her outstanding contribution to netball which is inspiring a new generation of young players.”


All money raised at the event will be donated to the Steve Bernard Foundation, which was created and named in honour of the University of Chichester student who tragically died in a car crash in 2005. Geva is an ambassador for the charity, which is based in her hometown of Bournemouth and raises money for community sport projects across the south coast.

Tickets for the event must be booked in advance (see pricing below) and are available from

  • Student practical session: Tickets £10 each
  • Open talk for students and members of the public: Tickets £10 each
  • Public practical session and open talk (16+): Tickets £15 each

The practical public session, hosted after the talk, is also open to all to watch, although this does not require a ticket. Geva will be also be signing copies of her new book, LEAP, which documents her award-winning career.

Sales from cakes and refreshments will be donated to the Steve Bernard Foundation.

For more about the Geva Mentor’s visit to the University of Chichester go to More about the Commonwealth-winning medallist is available at


Event details

  • Thursday 7 November
  • University of Chichester, Bishop Otter campus, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
  • Sessions include
    • Student masterclass (Sports Dome) from 4:15pm
    • Student and public talk (Mitre Lecture Theatre) from 6pm
    • Public masterclass (Sports Dome) from 7:30pm
  • Tickets: