The journalist and mum-of-two had her first style of the sporting world as a teenage gymnast on the 1990 Commonwealth Video games in Auckland, New Zealand.
“I used to be 24 hours from residence in a very unbelievable nation,” she mentioned lately.
“I adored my sport and I used to be actually impressed by different athletes like Tessa Sanderson and Steffi Graf.”
Twenty-eight years on and the Video games haven’t modified, however Gabby has. From her humble beginnings on the radio, Gabby reached the dizzy heights of the BBC to host Match Of The Day, The Premier League Present and the World Athletics Championships.
She’s by no means removed from the footie discipline, and he or she’s even had a go on the jive beneath the Strictly glitter ball.
“No two days are the identical,” she admitted lately.
“I keep in mind the occasions, not the locations”
“My husband [ex-rugby star Kenny Logan] additionally has a busy schedule. We’re there for one another and assist one another in our passions. I believe that’s necessary.”
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Video games kicks off on Wednesday and Gabby will deliver us the motion dwell from the significantly chillier BBC Sport HQ in Salford.
She’s our go-to for all issues observe and discipline, joined by Clare Balding, Jason Mohammad and sporting legends like Paula Radcliffe and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
Right here Gabby, 44, chats to TV Life about her hopes for the house nations…
How a lot have the Video games modified since 1990 while you competed?
There have been a few new sports activities added, like Rugby Sevens, nevertheless it’s received the identical international locations concerned and it strikes across the Commonwealth.
It’s very related often because Britain divides up into England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire and athletes compete for his or her residence nations.
I don’t know what the numbers are, nevertheless it was fairly massive then and it’s nonetheless necessary now.
Who have you ever received your eye on from our residence nations?
Katarina Johnson-Thompson. She will likely be competing for England within the heptathlon. Sadly, middle-distance athlete Laura Muir gained’t be operating as a result of she’s doing her veterinary research. It’s a disgrace as a result of she would have been an actual favorite.
Be careful for Eilidh Doyle, one other Scottish athlete, who received a medal on this planet indoor championships. I simply noticed Andrew Pozzi win gold for England within the hurdles on the world indoor championships, so he’ll be one to be careful for.
Who do you assume is the largest menace to our groups?
Jamaica’s very sturdy within the sprinting occasions and Kenya in center distance.
The house nations will likely be seeking to problem Australia at netball, which they’re extremely profitable at. In gymnastics, England could be very dominant, however Canada is powerful, too.
There’s nice rivalry between England, Wales and Scotland, who usually compete collectively within the velodrome. They’ll be challenged by Canada and Australia. England will look to dominate the pool, however there are quite a lot of sturdy Scottish and Welsh swimmers in that squad.
What’s your favorite occasion?
I haven’t actually received a favorite. I like all high-level sport. I cherished watching the Rugby Sevens in Glasgow, a brand new addition to the Commonwealth Video games. It went down rather well. It’s a really fast, intense competitors and the gang actually received into it. I noticed it on the Rio Olympics as effectively. It’s good to see new sports activities do effectively at a championship.
What’s the largest problem when presenting dwell sport?
Maintaining updated with every little thing. I’ve received folks speaking in my ear on a regular basis in regards to the varied occasions happening. I’ve to maintain up with what I’m doing, and what the gallery needs me to do, too.
It’s about multi-functioning. Generally I’m doing all that for seven or eight hours at a time. It’s mentally exhausting. I’ve to maintain targeted.
Why will we love the Commonwealth Video games on this nation?
I believe the multi-sport occasions, whether or not it’s Commonwealth or Olympics, actually catch the creativeness. As we see within the Six Nations rugby, folks prefer it when the house nations have a rivalry.
It’s enjoyable however intense, too. Put a British athlete of their England, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish shirt and there’s a unique vitality.
What’s the very best sporting second you’ve seen in your profession?
It’s been a protracted profession and I’ve seen a lot of nice issues. I’ve loved seeing Usain Bolt run dwell, Liverpool successful the Champions League last in 2005 and Mo Farah successful a number of gold medals.
I’ve been fortunate to be trackside or pitchside at these superb moments and I hope to be at many extra.
What would you prefer to see occur on the Commonwealth Video games this yr?
I want to see Katarina Johnson-Thompson get gold in Birmingham this yr. She’s received the European Championships to compete on this summer time. If she may win all three occasions, together with the Commonwealth Video games, that may be a large confidence booster going into the World Championships subsequent yr.
Do you get used to travelling world wide?
I suppose I need to do. I’ve been doing it for therefore lengthy. Travelling is a part of the job and it’s what it’s.
What’s been your favorite place thus far?
I don’t actually have a favorite place. It’s not a vacation. Once I’m there, I spend 18 hours a day working. I’m not there in a vacationer capability in any respect. I keep in mind the occasions, not the locations.
I used to be chatting with the Liverpool supervisor the opposite day and we reminisced in regards to the soccer World Cup in Germany. That was an incredible occasion to be a part of.
Are you a aggressive individual?
Sure. I push myself to be higher at what I do. I wish to do my job effectively.
Do you may have a sporting idol?
It all the time appears to be the individual I’ve most lately interviewed. I had a implausible time exploring behind the scenes at Liverpool lately. Jürgen Klopp was each bit as charismatic as I assumed he’d be.
I met a man referred to as Luvo Manyonga, a South African lengthy jumper. He was a drug addict and positioned in foster care as a baby and have become world Olympic champion. To have labored with somebody like Usain Bolt could be very particular. We gained’t have another person like him in our lifetime, when it comes to athletics.
Who conjures up you?
I’m a patron of a gymnastics membership in Maidenhead. I went alongside to see the ladies and guys. I really like assembly coaches who work in grassroots sport and younger athletes who’re attempting to be the very best that they are often. It’s simply as inspiring and rewarding to see as the highest names that we all know.
Gabby hosts the BBC Commonwealth Video games from April four, 2018, BBC channels