Phaidra Knight is the CEO of Peak Unlimited, as well as an attorney, athlete, sports media talent, and motivational speaker. For nearly 18 years, she has traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as the one of the premiere players in the sport. Phaidra made three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player of the Decade and most recently, was inducted in to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Phaidra was born and raised in the small, decidedly rural town of Irwinton, Georgia. Growing up, she learned the core values of dedication, commitment, hard work and discipline that have fueled and guided her career. On the field, she learned the indispensable attributes of teamwork, leadership and effective communication.
Phaidra earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications at Alabama State University before she went on to study Law at the University of Wisconsin. Just as her studies weren’t limited to one field, her athleticism isn’t confined to one sport. She has competed on the regional level in CrossFit Games and Strongman. In 2013, Phaidra was a member of the United States Developmental Bobsled Team. She speaks to many audiences on leadership, resilience, fitness, childhood obesity, and anti-bullying. When Phaidra is not coaching youth or collegiate rugby, she’s working as a Rugby Analyst for NBC Sports. She also devotes time to commentating rugby during the fall, spring and summer seasons. Over the past six years, she has appeared on ESPN, Universal, The Rugby Channel, World Rugby and USA Rugby TV and serves on the USA Rugby Board of Directors.