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WHO ARE YOU? I am Motshidisi Mohono Adding a female touch to SuperSport’s coverage of what was long considered a man’s game, rugby presenter Motshidisi Mohono brings her insights to conversations with Naas Botha and Nick Mallett. Why choose a career in sport? I worked at YFM and our newsroom was sports mad. When my colleague Thato Moeng left to join SuperSport, I jumped at the chance to run the sports desk and I have not looked back since. Sport is filled with incredible people that have amazing stories to share with the world. It is a realm that reminds me constantly that anything is possible. What have been the highlights so far? There have been a few, but anchoring my first Springbok game will always be an incredible moment for me (albeit we lost to Italy). I have now anchored Springbok Test matches in studio and at venues, anchored Super Rugby and the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017. I also had the pleasure of going to this year’s Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and the Lions in Christchurch - what a phenomenal time! I also had the pleasure to cover the red carpet at the 2015 and 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards, interviewing amazing sports stars, including Michael Holding, Eric Cantona, Boris Becker, Novak Djokovic, Richie McCaw, Lewis Hamilton, Kate Abdo, Luis Figo and Li Na. This was a huge highlight for me and an opportunity to travel abroad to Shanghai and Berlin. The other big moment was winning the GSport4Girls’ Women in Media: TV Award in 2016. There are few things more gratifying than having your peers acknowledge your hard work, passion and professionalism. The biggest challenges and thrills of being a woman sports personality? We face challenges just like our male counterparts, but I think our biggest challenge is to be taken seriously. Credibility. We have to work twice as hard, and still deal with some men in the industry who doubt your ability and knowledge because you’re a woman. My thrill is being able to inspire the next generation, and show them that they can do and be anything they want. There is also a great thrill in doing LIVE television. LIVE sport at that! To just be part of the action, and part of the team that gets to tell the story to others. As they say, “sport is the greatest form of reality TV”. Three things you can’t live without? Family and friends, my phone, good food. Who is your superhero and why? I have so many! My parents; they taught me to work hard and be independent. They showered me with their love and supported me when I chose a career as a broadcaster. There are many other people who inspire me to be great; my list is endless because I take in the stories and journeys of so many people, and those stories of triumph and overcoming the odds inspire me. In five years time I will be… I believe in declaring things in the present tense so here goes – I am a world class sports broadcaster and named among the leading rugby anchors across the globe. I am in great health. I am surrounded by the love of my family and friends, and I thrive on creating opportunities for other people, particularly young women, to flourish and make their dreams come true. P 4 The Media | wagthedog.co.za Motshidisi Mohono


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