Stacey Francis-Bayman has been on the international netball scene since she made her debut for the Vitality Roses in 2010. With 73 caps to her name, she has also won two Vitality Netball World Cup bronze medals as well as another bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Stacey has been a part of every Team Bath Superleague title-winning side (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013). She joined the squad in 2005 as a 16-year-old and was Team Bath’s longest-serving player which led to her induction into the University of Bath Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Since 2016, she has played for West Coast Fever in the Suncorp Super Netball League in Australia.
Stacey is a Pride House Birmingham ambassador and vice-chair on the UK Netball Players Association. Stacey also serves as a trustee on the board for the Switch the Play Foundation.
Stacey’s hopes for LGBTQ+ equality in sport
I have always felt empowered by my differences and what sets me apart from others, which I think is a beautiful message to share. I am fortunate in that respect, but I understand that there are many who do struggle. Through my own personal experiences and engagement with others I understand how incredibly important it is to have diverse representation in sport.
My hope is that my confidence in being my authentic self and sharing my story with others, creates a platform for any minorities/person to feel that they can do the same. Increasing open conversations, having better governance and more education around sexuality is a necessity, both in and outside of sport. Life is always going to be more fulfilling and filled with happiness when being your authentic self.