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Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse on sexist critics: ‘Hopefully we’re past that’

Published 01/07/2015 | 15:24

Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Sky Sports presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse with hurling analysts James O'Connor and Ollie Canning in studio.

Sky Sports News presenter Rachel Wyse has tackled sexist critics of female broadcasters.

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The former model (30) moved from her native Blackrock to London five years ago for a high profile presenting role on the network.

While she is undoubtedly a rising star on the team, she said she wasn’t short of criticism when it was announced she would anchor Sky Sports’ brand new GAA coverage last summer.

“Last year, there were certainly plenty of people going to Sky about a female fronting the coverage,” she told Independent Style.

Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods

“I always get criticism from some camp, because there’s no way everyone is going to love you. But I take constructive criticism on board and hopefully that will spur me on to improve.

“There was so much encouragement and lovely support from so many people who just want to watch GAA.

Sky Sports Presenter Rachel Wyse
Sky Sports Presenter Rachel Wyse

“It’s not about me, it’s about showcasing these wonderful players,” she added.

“Hopefully we’ve got past that and that discussion as to who is hosting it. Now we can focus on the players - they’re the stars.”

Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Sky Sports’ Rachel Wyse Delivers Magnum Heaven to Arnotts in Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods

Wyse jets home to Ireland every week now for her GAA hosting duties, setting up camp in Wexford for the weekends, but is taking a few days off in between to promote the new Make My Magnum Experience at Arnotts.

 “I’m going to go to Kilkenny tomorrow to see my godson - he turned one two weeks ago and I haven’t seen him for a bit now. So I’m taking two days off, then we’re heading for Wexford,” she explained.

“I try to come back to Dublin as much as possible - I have travelling down to a T.”

Exclusive to Arnotts Department Store, The Make My Magnum Experience, in the windows of Arnotts, will open on Thursday the 2nd of July and will run until Sunday the 16th of August and is priced at €5 per ice cream.

Sky Sports presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse with hurling analysts James O'Connor and Ollie Canning in studio.
Sky Sports presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse with hurling analysts James O'Connor and Ollie Canning in studio.

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