Jenny-May Clarkson's toughest time on TV

Publish Date
Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 8:29AM
Photo: TVNZ

Photo: TVNZ

TV1 sports presenter and former Silver Fern Jenny-May Clarkson is an ambassador for the World Masters Games that's opening in Auckland and the Waikato this weekend and is competing in the triathlon with her husband Dean despite her fear of open water.

The NZ Herald spoke to Jenny-May in the lead up to the games, and found out that her time in front of the camera at TVNZ hasn't always been easy. 

When asked how she found the transition from netball, then to radio, then finally to TV, Jenny responded, "I wasn't widely accepted at TVNZ. I was a former netballer who'd waltzed in with no media training but lots of people were good to me like Wayne Hay, Martin Tasker and Toni Street. It was a real struggle for six months but I absolutely love it now - the intensity and the fact that anything can happen live. I'll stay as long as they'll have me."

NZ Herald also asked what the toughest time of her TV career was and how she get through it, and Jenny answered, "Three months into the job I took a brutal bashing for some dumb interviews I did at the Commonwealth Games. But just because somebody says I'm shit doesn't mean I listen to it. Netball taught me not to get stuck in the moment. You can find yourself rocking in a corner going, "I can't believe I did that. The whole world knows." But in reality everyone's moved on. I've learnt that I've just got to go through that process to come out the other end. Whatever emotions come, just roll with it. If I stuff up on air I'll spend the whole drive home going, "Everyone thinks you're an idiot." I swear and call myself names. There's no point trying to block it out because it will just come back and bite you later on."

Read the full interview with the NZ Herald here.