Sportswomen highlights all of the major issues in women's sport each week
Sky Sports presenter Jane Dougall gives us the lowdown on the weekly show, Sunday mornings at 10am on Sky Living HD.
Week 2: September 21st
I was very excited about the programme this morning as we had two incredibly accomplished guests on Sportswomen. Rugby World cup winner Maggie Alphonsi and England Netball captain Pamela Cookey were in our studio. Maggie had just announced her retirement from international rugby but was telling us about her plans for a new challenge in another sport. Pamela on the other hand, was still recovering from a torn achilles tendon and had missed out on captaining her country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Despite her disappointments she's such a bubbly and upbeat person and we can't wait to see her back on Sky Sports playing for Team Bath in the Netball Superleague next year.
We started the day having to re-organise the order of the programme. A few stories had broken and we had to prepare to report them and also brief the guests so they were able to comment. One of the main talking points today was the vote in Scotland - no, not the one on independence - the one on golf. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has recommended that their 2400 male contingent should vote to accept women as members for the first time in its 260 year existence. They'll discover the outcome on Thursday (the same day as the referendum!).
The other big sports story we discussed was the Bogota Humana women's cycling kit. It doesn't seem that interesting... until you see it! The team appear to look naked from the waist down and it has caused an outrage on social media.
We had not one but two world champions on our programme. Last year's Sportswomen of the year Christine Ohuruogu spoke to us about her sporting heroes and rivals on the day that the online public nomination process opened for this year's SundayTimes and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards. The categories include: Sportswoman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year, Disability Sports Person of the Year, Team of the Year, Community Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration. You can nominate here. Nominations close at midday on October 14th and the ceremony will be live on Sky Sports on November 19th.
Week 1: September 14th
The whole Sportswomen team were up at the crack of dawn on Tuesday to prepare for the return of the programme. I start my day with a coffee, check my scripts and read the papers before heading into make-up to get ready. I go over last minute updates with my Producer before starting rehearsals.
This week's programme was the first in the new series and it was our debut in the brand new studios at Sky Sports News HQ, so there was a lot to look forward to. Our studio guest this week was Heather Knight (pictured above), the England women's cricket vice-captain. We've spoken to Heather on the programme in the past so we already knew she would be a natural in front of the camera. Heather came to us fresh off the back of England's 3-0 Twenty20 whitewash over South Africa at the weekend so we had loads to talk about. She was quite badly injured last year when she tore her hamstring, which meant bowling at medium pace wasn't an option. She told me how she totally changed her bowling style - showing what a dedicated athlete she is.
One of the top news stories this week was Serena Williams beating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in New York to win the US Open. The win elevated her to the same status as Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam titles. Sportswomen caught up with Serena who gave us some very revealing answers for a fun new feature.
Sportswomen also had a rare live interview with one of the most powerful women in world football, Moya Dodd. She is a FIFA executive committee member and told us what she thought of Sepp Blatter's comments last month when he said football was "very macho".
We also looked back at a great summer of success for women in sport Then there was the result of the Sportswoman of the Month vote and all the latest news. It looks set to be an exciting series ahead on Sportswomen. Tune in live every Tuesday on Sky Sports News HD at 11.30am or join us every week on Sky Living at 10am, and get involved involved @SkySportsNewsHQ #Sportswomen.