Welsh Rugby International; TV Sports Producer
I took A levels in English, Welsh and Music
at Llanhari Comprehensive. I auditioned and
was invited to take the lead part in a film
for S4C and went on to Nottingham Trent Polytechnic
to do a degree in Creative Arts.
acted in soaps like ‘Dinas’ and ‘Glan Hafren’
and also toured theatres which was very good
for variety of work. I also worked as a presenter
on rugby internationals and had my own
show on Radio Cymru.
Getting into television:
I was spotted at school auditions and I’d advise
anyone keen on this kind of work to get involved
I was playing rugby and was chosen for the National
squad. I was capped in my first season. I played
and trained with Wales for 7 years and it changed
my life! I got work with BBC Sport, as a new
pitch-side presenter was needed to interview
during internationals. During my ‘downtime’
as an actress, I asked to do work experience
on the production side of television. From there,
I became an associate producer, which led to
my current job as a producer in sport.
I’m led by a need to achieve certain things.
I want to change perceptions: my
first documentary for BBC Choice went behind
the scenes with the Welsh women’s rugby team
in the European Championships in Italy. I wanted
to put the record straight and show what the
sport was really about. I’ve worked on a
series about alternative sports, as we need to recognise
different talents not often shown on television.
Currently, I produce and direct sports documentaries.
Being out on location and actually filming,
doing the job and putting the pictures on to
tape, is a brilliant feeling. Even better
is watching directors’ reactions when they return
from filming and are absolutely delighted to
have done something different. In rugby terms,
it’s like giving someone space to score the
winning try - I like to give the pass!
I feel great about all the new things I do.
One highlight was probably getting an interview
with Scott Gibbs! Best moments are watching
the All Blacks go past me in the tunnel at Wembley,
shaking hands with Francois Pienaar, witnessing
the Americas Cup in Auckland….
Not getting an interview with Scott Gibbs for
5 years! A real low is when Wales lose and I
have to stand in the tunnel and get the interview.
It’s the pits! Getting up at 4am to do the bulletins
on Radio Wales. Retiring from International
rugby to take over as the Chairperson of the
Welsh Women’s Rugby Union was very sad. It had
to be done, but I didn’t smile for days!
I was Chairperson of the Welsh Women’s Rugby
Union and I’m now a member of the board of the
Sports Council for Wales. I spent 10 years as
a volunteer with women’s rugby as I wanted to
be able to give the opportunity for girls to
play. Rugby is so important to me. The injuries?
A broken nose, 2 black eyes, ripped intercostal
muscles… the injuries weren’t painful but the
physiotherapy was awful!
from the top:
Don’t give up. Take every possible experience
- paid or voluntary. Knock on doors, ring people
and keep ringing people until someone says yes.
If you believe it’s the right thing, you’ll
get there. Don’t get someone else to call for
you. If you get someone else to ask, you don’t
want it enough!