Leeds’ Gabby Logan will be “inspirational” keynote speaker

By Ailsa Rochester

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan

Pioneering female sports presenter Gabby Logan will be helping Leeds Trinity University’s budding journalists next week when she gives a keynote speech.

Gabby was appointed the university’s chancellor in January last year and is a firm believer in the importance of higher education.

Leeds Trinity University’s communication officer Lisa Farrell said: “Gabby represents the pinnacle of a successful journalism career, she’s worked hard to get where she is and she wasn’t handed anything on a plate, she’ll have a lot of advice to give.”

Gabby is Leeds born and studied at Durham so has strong Northern roots. She received a Catholic education up until university so is an ideal fit for the ethos of Leeds Trinity which started life in the 60s as a Catholic teacher training college.

Gabby is a former international gymnast and in 1992 moved into the world of broadcast to become one of the only female sports presenters out there.

She has worked for both the BBC and the ITV, as a woman in a male-dominated environment, it hasn’t always been an easy road.

In 2006 she was part of ITV’s World Cup football coverage but was apparently frustrated at being side-lined, and was reported to have said she was disappointed she didn’t see a single game and that it dented her confidence.

Shortly after that she made the move to BBC where she was part of their 2012 Olympic team alongside appearances on Match of The Day and The One Show.

Despite striking out in a difficult field Gabby is considered a national treasure, loved for her northern roots and championing her Welsh heritage.

She’s currently back on ITV co presenting hit show Splash along with looking after her nine-year-old twins Reuben and Lois.

Film and TV student Sam Measham talks about what Gabby represents for him…



  1. Chaspierre says:

    Nice summary.

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