Yvonne set to talk the talk on NRL with league greats
FORMER Sunshine Coast sportswoman Yvonne Sampson wants to prove women can mix it with the best of the blokes in the world of rugby league.
The Brisbane-based journalist is set to be one of the faces of Channel Nine's NRL coverage this year.
Ms Sampson, 31, will line-up alongside the likes of Darren Lockyer, Paul Vautin, Wally Lewis and Ray Warren in presenting the network's coverage of the NRL.
Sexism still pervades the Australian sporting landscape and she said she wanted to break the mould and be more than a token female.
She lists horse racing, boxing and rugby league as her passions and she formerly played rugby league with the Sunshine Coast Sirens side.
After growing up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Ms Sampson got her start as a sports journalist with Channel Seven in regional Queensland 11 years ago.
She said she encountered people sceptical about her sporting knowledge every step of her career but had taken satisfaction in winning them over.
Coast residents will remember her as part of the Seven presenting team before she moved to Sydney for a stint with Sky News.
She returned to Queensland late last year as a part of the Channel Nine Brisbane news bulletin and has been kicking goals ever since.
Nine used her in their coverage of the Magic Millions carnival and the NRL All Stars game last month.
She said that when she accepted the job with the network never in her wildest dreams did she expect to end up a part of its NRL coverage.
"I had a meeting with (Nine director of sport) Steve Crawley and he said they were keen to put a woman into the coverage and not just a token female," she said.
"Now I'm going to be working with Wally and Locky and hopefully I can get the best out of them."
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