What I’d like to tell all women is that –it is possible to achieve whatever you conceive and believe….so think BIG!
What is your background and when and how did you get involved in the sports world?
Academically, I am a Business Management professional, specializing in Human Resource Management, along with a course in Journalism from London School of Journalism. My involvement in the sports broadcast was accidental. It happened when I was actually into political news with the national host broadcaster, when they were looking for someone to anchor the Beijing 2008 Olympics. There was no looking back, post that!
When you were rising through the professional ranks, did you find that your experiences were different because you were a woman and not a man?
Yes, particularly when I came into the sports media, I realized that there was a natural orientation to present more choices to male anchors with the preconceived notion that sports was predominantly a male bastion, and a forgone conclusion that a female may not have the domain expertise to discuss various sports, and hence prefer to ‘box’ her into ‘light banter’.
In the field of sports, what does gender equality look like?
In the sports broadcast media, decision making is certainly skewed in favour of men. Women are still not expected to make big ‘sports’ decisions. They can at best be expected to ‘entertain’ viewers between serious male sports deliberations and discussions.
What do you think the traits of successful women are?
Emotional Balance, Clarity in thought process, an unresisting focus on the goal.
What advice would you give to women who want to become a professional athlete?
I’m not sure I’m the right one to be giving that advice. What I’d like to tell all women is that –it is possible to achieve whatever you conceive and believe….so think BIG!