History making cricketer, Ebony Rainford-Brent, broke down barriers to achieve defining success in her professional sporting career. From race to gender, Ebony was faced with adversity, however, through determination and resilience she was able to overcome each hurdle to become a World Cup winning cricketer. Now empowering others through her story, Ebony is a highly motivational speaker and a popular choice to share engaging and dynamic talks on everything from being a woman in a male dominated industry, to taking home the trophies.
Ebony gained an introduction to cricket aged only 10 and quickly found her feet in the sport. Fast forward to 2001 and she made international debut, becoming the first Black woman to represent England in cricket, an unmatched achievement. In her nine years playing for England, Ebony reached the pinnacle of the game, winning the World T20, Ashes and securing the cricket World Cup all in 2009. Equally impressive at a club level, Ebony played for Surrey between 2001 and 2012 during which time she captained the team to promotion reaching the highest level of domestic cricket.
Having gained an international reputation for her success with England and Surrey, Ebony has since stepped away from playing but remained a popular figure in the sport. A talented media pundit, Ebony is a presenter on BBC’s Test Match Special, shares expert commentary on Sky Sports and was a selected pundit for the 2015 Men’s Cricket World Cup. Throughout her media work, Ebony has continued to push boundaries becoming one of the first women to comment on men’s international games. She has also taken on leadership roles as the Cricket Programmes Manager at The Lord’s Taverners, and Director of Women’s Cricket at Surrey, a testament to her prominence in the sport.
Currently, Ebony is continuing her dedication to cricket through administrative positions and remains an exciting pundit at the world’s biggest matches. Additionally, Ebony is a sought-after motivational speaker, armed with her personal inspiring story of changing cricket for women and individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds. A true powerhouse of potential, Ebony champions the achievements of women and captures the attention of all audiences.
Ebony Rainford-Brent is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“The dinner was a great success and Ebony’s ‘after dinner talk’ was excellent and I think that everyone attending must have been motivated by her enthusiasm for the game, and the way we can overcome problems as they crop up in life. She was so good in greeting and congratulating the players as they came forward for their trophies, and the two ladies (one the women;s captain) who attended from my own club were thrilled to be able to chat with her, she was such an encouragement to them, and her ability to hold the audience and to interact with them was a joy to see.”
“Ebony had me hooked from the very start of her presentation. It was truly refreshing to listen to someone who had tailored their talk specifically to the audience in the room which consequently meant the content from: personal stories, to career progression, to techniques and advice on how to start structuring career development, was all wholly relevant, engaging and inspiring. I hope to follow Ebony’s motivational footprint, drive and determination.”