Sky Sports favourite Vicky Gomersall will be a familiar face to football fans. With restrictions on attending sports events and the subsequent impact on atmosphere, presenters and commentators feel even more important right now.
Vicky Gomersall is a presenter known for being passionate and knowledgeable, especially on football and women in sport. But how did her career begin?
Vicky Gomersall’s route to Sky Sports News
After graduating from Kingston University with a degree in English and drama, Gomersall took a position at BBC Manchester and North West Tonight. She soon specialised in sport, kicking off with BBC Sport 24.
In 2002, she moved to reporting for Sky Sports News. Since 2005, she has presented a range of shows including Football First, the 2010 Women’s FA Cup Final and the British Basketball League final.
She is now one of the most recognised faces on the network as one of Sky Sports News’ stalwarts. She is also a lifelong Liverpool supporter – but isn’t biased of course!
Speaking out for equality and respect
Vicky Gomersall has called for more respect towards public and sporting figures, especially women.
In 2014, she wrote in Huffington Post of her dismay at the treatment of Beth Tweddle, former world champion gymnast and Olympic bronze medal winner.
Tweddle had joined Gomersall for a live question-and-answer session after the show and Gomersall recounted the vile abuse some people tried to subject Tweddle to. She emphasised more work needed to be carried out to change the mindset of this abusive minority.
The presenter has also commented on the importance of respect on social media and the need to respond more seriously to the hate so many people, especially public figures, are subjected to online.
Vicky Gomersall shed a tear for Bob Willis
In December 2019, Gomersall hit the headlines when she broke down in tears live on air during the announcement of the death of colleague Bob Willis, long-time Sky Sports presenter and former England cricketer.
She was so moved she was unable to read the statement from Willis’s family. Many applauded Gomersall for how much she cared and for being willing to show emotion on screen.
Causes close to her heart
Gomersall is an ambassador for Cure For Dylan and Sparks Charity, as well as campaigning for blood cancer charities.
Cure For Dylan seeks to raise funds for a boy suffering from Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological disorder. Sparks Charity campaigns for children suffering rare conditions, one in three of whom won’t live to celebrate their fifth birthday.
Gomersall has also backed Sky Sports’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement, stating it would remain on the channel’s agenda until it no longer needed to be.
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