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The Game Changers

Sport has the power to transform people’s lives, both on and off the field and women's sport has the extra ability to knock down barriers and challenge the status quo.

The Game Changers podcast will give you the chance to sit down with some of the biggest names in women’s sport as they talk frankly about their historic careers, what drives them and how they’ve dealt with some of the toughest challenges they’ve faced.

You may be surprised at what you hear – you’ll certainly be inspired.

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The Game Changers podcast: Fearless Women in Sport

Apr 14, 2020

My guest today is passionate about ensuring all women have equal access to working in sports media.

Sports presenter Jacqui Oatley was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her services to broadcasting and diversity in sport. Jacqui is best known by many as the first female commentator to appear on the BBC’s Match of the Day, which she went on to present in 2015.

A Director of the Women in Football network Jacqui anchored the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2013 Euros for BBC, and then the men’s 2016 Euros and 2018 World cup coverage for ITV Sport. She was presenter of the BBC’s flagship sports news show Sportsweek on 5Live and now hosts football and darts for ITV and recently appointed the first female host of Sky Sports hugely popular Sunday Supplement show. It’s no wonder that in 2015 Jacquie was named as the 8th most influential woman in sport by the Independent.

Jacqui talks about her lifelong obsession with football, how she changed careers at 27 to re-train as a journalist and how lonely and isolated she felt after the hideous build up to her first appearance on Match of The Day.