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Published on 05 February 2018

Zoe Vicarage
Zoe Vicarage

6 February 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, giving the vote to women over the age of 30. We caught up with sports journalist Zoe Vicarage.

“I do believe that I have had to overcome perceived obstacles to become a sports journalist. It has not been considered the norm for women to have roles in the industry for many years. This is changing. But when I first started out it was considered strange for a woman to pursue a career in sports journalism. 

“But even since I started University in 2012 perceptions have changed massively. You only have to look at the likes of the BBC where Alex Scott, Eilidh Barbour, Vicki Sparks, Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Jacqui Oatley are all high-profile women in sports journalism. Tie that together with Sky Sports Women in Sports Journalism conferences and initiatives, then the flag has been really flown for women in the industry. It is great to see this and I have no doubt it'll continue for many years to come. 

“I've been very lucky to have lots of advice from several female sports journalists in the industry. For me growing up Clare Balding was a mainstay on television, she has always spent time learning more about her craft and covering a varied number of sports. She is one of the leading broadcasters for a reason and has been a big influence on my career.

“The advice I would give to young women wanting a career in sports journalism is - don't be afraid to go for it.

“If you're passionate about sports then don't let the words of others put you off. Learn your craft so you can be the best you can be and don't let gender dictate whether you can do it or not.

“Work hard and you will be rewarded.”

Zoe Vicarage graduated BA Sports Journalism in 2015, and now works as a Bloodstock Journalist at The Racing Post in Canary Wharf, London.

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