September 2015

Nick Di Max Dougherty
Nick Di & Max Dougherty

I simply can’t believe where the year has gone! It’s September already and we are currently embarking on our third series of Game Changers on Sky Sports. Great to have the crew back together. Our new time slot is 5pm every Friday on Sky Sports 1 and Saturday morning at 8am also on Sky One. I hope you can tune in!

I firstly wanted to say a big thank you to my husband Nick. I’ve had to rely on him massively over the past 6 months while I’ve dealt with pretty full on morning sickness. We’re delighted to be expecting a little girl in December but I don’t think I’ve been a joy to live with recently! He has looked after our three year old son Max, been on hand to do house work, cooking, cleaning, helped me get ready for work when some days were difficult to leave the house and generally been a huge support. For those women who’ve been through morning sickness you’ll understand it’s all consuming for some time. Some ladies experience it for a full nine months, which I can’t mentally imagine. I was lucky that my sickness stopped at 18 weeks. Of course pregnancy is a wonderful magical time but it can be so tough if every day, for 24 hours, all you want to do is throw up or feel nauseous!

I am feeling so much better now. I’m a bit breathless going up stairs I must say but all in all things are good! Swimming is my major past time and floating in the water is incredibly relaxing. I’m actually doing a lot of walking in the pool and kicking my legs from the side of the pool. If you’re pregnant I highly recommend these activities to get the blood flowing!

Di Dougherty and Ugo Monye - o2 Mics
Di Dougherty and Ugo Monye

Back to what else has been going on this year. I’ve had the privilege of working and meeting some fantastic people, who have been truly inspiring. The Rugby World Cup starts on 18th September and I loved working with 02 Inside Line Live crew at Twickenham for the Six Nations back at the beginning of the year. Pre and post match chats with Ugo Monye were such fun and the atmosphere throughout was incredible. We only get one take to film chatting over the England team arrival at the Lion Gate, such a buzz. The intense noise on the pitch afterwards is also incredibly special. I can’t wait to be at some of the World Cup matches this autumn!

The Celebrity Cup 2015 Celtic Manor Resort
The Celebrity Cup 2015 with Rob Brydon

 

I’ve had the chance to laugh out loud with Rob Brydon at the Celtic Manor for the Celebrity Cup. I can’t wait to see his new play in London at the Garrick Theatre next March called The Painkiller. He really is such a gifted man who makes you cry with laughter and captures an audience immediately. It’s incredible to see him perform.

Di Dougherty Gareth Bale, Gethin Jenkins
Gethin Jenkins & Gareth Bale

 

 

I’ve also loved watching and been fascinated by the public reaction to Gareth Bale playing golf in the same event. Of course folk will be mesmerised by one of the most successful footballers of our time! What a genuinely down to earth bloke who made time for everyone he met and he was constantly smiling!

 

It was a real treat for me to host a special Question and Answer session for the Rory Foundation in May. The Q and A included Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler. It was held at Daisy Lodge, a support centre for children with cancer in Newcastle, Royal County Down. The guys were on great form and Rory spoke eloquently about giving back to the community and helping others. I have to say I did leave with a tear in my eye, uplifted by the evenings’ events.

Watch the Rory Foundation Q&A video footage >>

Rory's Foundation Q&A
Rory’s Foundation Q&A
Rory's Foundation Backstage
Rory’s Foundation – Backstage

I worked for the Golf Channel again at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour’s flagship event. My role involves various hits to their breakfast show Morning Drive, updates for Golf Central and post round interviews with the players. My good friend Cara Robinson is now anchor on Morning Drive so it was brilliant to catch up with her live on the airways! I love the buzz of live television and what freedom you have with it.

Di Dougherty interviewing Djokovic at Boodles
Interviewing Djokovic at Boodles

In June I was delighted to host the Stoke Park Boodles Tennis event featuring some of the best players in the world. I interviewed Novak Djokovic during lunch in hospitality and I was overwhelmed by his honest, open nature. He is such a bright guy and the audience were enthralled by his stories. He is also incredibly funny and doesn’t take himself too seriously. All in all yes you could say I’m a fan! Rafa Nadal also came to the courts for a day and he was in fine form, again entertaining the crowds and looking very relaxed with his team around him.

Watch video footage: Nadal Djokovic chats, Boodles >>

Di Dougherty, Ian Poulter and Paul McGinley - Ballantines event
Ian Poulter and Paul McGinley – Ballantines event

July was crazy with work at the Celeb Cup in Wales, up at the Scottish Open for Ballantines, hosting the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live on Golf Channel and Sky Sports, presenting at the Open in St Andrews plus working with Lynx at the Women’s British Open. I was quite happy for a bit of a rest in August but after a few days off I’m always planning the next venture!

Last week we started our third series of Game Changers. The show is now on every Friday (usually 5pm Sky Sports 1 and repeated Saturday at 8am on the Sky Sports and Sky One). It’s also available On Demand in the Kids section so it can be downloaded at any time. There are loads of sporting features and Master classes from various superstars to view as well. Please take a look.

I’ll be writing my next blog next week!!!

Di x