Friday 30 September 2016

'I would love to see ladies' GAA on Sky Sports', says TV anchor Rachel Wyse

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 07/03/2016 | 07:20

05/08/2015 Rachel Wyse during the Discover Ireland Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
05/08/2015 Rachel Wyse during the Discover Ireland Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin presenter Rachel Wyse has said she would “welcome” the coverage of women’s GAA on her Sky Sports show.

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The Blackrock native is gearing up to front the UK broadcaster’s coverage of the GAA season for the third time this summer.

The inequality between the men’s and women’s games has been a bone of contention in recent months, with Dublin ladies GAA captain Sinead Goldrick describing it as “frustrating”.

Anchor Rachel would love to see some of the women’s GAA games on Sky.

Single: Rachel Wyse was in Dublin last week to launch the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.
Single: Rachel Wyse was in Dublin last week to launch the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

She added that coverage of female sport is already “a big priority” within Sky Sports.

“It is something that I would definitely welcome,” Rachel told the Herald.

“I can only speak from my own perspective but I know women’s sport is a big priority within Sky Sports. 

“We have a programme that runs every Tuesday called SportsWomen and it is all about celebrating female athletes in the UK and Ireland, for example, Katie Taylor... I think the more coverage the better.”

Sky first won rights to broadcast some of the GAA championship in 2014, resulting in a lot of confusion among the British public watching a game of hurling and football for the first time.

“After the first year of going ‘what is this all about’, I think viewers in the UK are  a lot more familiar with the sports now and the figures are growing,” Rachel said.

“We have the same panel this year and we have all settled in now,” she added.

The 31-year-old will be back to judge the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition at the Irish Grand National in Fairyhouse on March 28.

Herald

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