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“Sport isn’t just for the boys” – that’s some­thing 29-year-old SABC pre­sen­ter Vaylen Kirt­ley feels strongly about. Af­ter all, the Joburger has been in the game for over a decade, rul­ing as the queen of TV sports while pre­sent­ing on shows like Morn­ing Live (2002-cur­rent).

How did you get into sport? For as long as I can re­mem­ber I ran cross-coun­try. I also tried net­ball and swim­ming. That, cou­pled with luck and a love of pub­lic speak­ing, mapped out my ca­reer so far. What’s the best part of your job… and the worst? Lov­ing what I do! As for the worst, well, you have to take the good with the bad but the for­mer cer­tainly out­weighs the lat­ter. So how much re­search goes into your work? You’re not just handed a typed-out doc­u­ment like news an­chors, right? As a re­porter, it’s “read, re­search and ask ques­tions”. That’s what I do on a daily ba­sis. And what’s been your favourite sport­ing mo­ment? There are way too many, like watch­ing 100m-sprint champ Usain Bolt win gold at the Bei­jing Olympics (2008) at the Birds Nest sta­dium and Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala’s open­ing goal for Bafana Bafana at the 2010 Soccer World Cup in Joburg. As a com­peti­tor, run­ning the Com­rades in 2010 – and an­chor­ing it. What about a favourite sport star? There are a lot, like record-break­ing sprint­ers Wayde van Niek­erk and Caster Se­menya, soccer star Hlompo Kekana, crick­eter AB de Vil­liers, golfer Gary Player’s legacy and rugby su­per­star Bryan Habana. How does trav­el­ling for work im­pact your per­sonal life? I travel a bit and I en­joy it. Thank­fully, I have a su­per sup­port­ive net­work at home that makes it eas­ier. And do you have a dream sports event that you’d do any­thing to cover? Host­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony when South Africa hosts the 2028 Olympics… hope­fully!

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