Carol has been a leading sportscaster for 14 years, from a time when there were very few female sport anchors she has stayed the course and is a pioneer in her field.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far.
Being a sport anchor has been an exciting journey; I have met, interviewed and associated with so many global sporting icons such as- Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Luol Deng, Usain Bolt, Dikembe Mutombo, Lionel Messi etc. Through my work I have traversed the globe, working on global events like:
- The Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012).
- Paralympic Games.
- FIFA World Cups (Germany 2006, SA 2010, Brazil 2014).
- FIFA Confederation Cups.
- FIFA Woman’s World Cup
- Commonwealth Games etc.
My work is not just on television, I have worked in radio for 7 years, I host various international events, am a Voice Over Artist and Scriptwriter.
You are busy with some very interesting projects. Please tell us more about them.
- I am in the process of setting up my sport foundation which will amongst other things, aid in identifying and nurturing sport talent, awarding sporting excellence in the youth and serve to inspire the youth.
- I also continue to work with FIFA on a range of initiatives in development, media and communications.
What is your personal motto?
Carpe Diem!! You have to be ready to seize the day, seize the moment and make the most of any opportunity that comes your way.
What is it that you are passionate about?
I am very passionate about being a trailblazer, walking the path that many never thought possible before, being a trendsetter in sport broadcasting excellence and being an inspiration.
Who or what has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My mother Cynthia; seeing how she was able to raise us so well instilled very strong values in us and made us winners despite going through struggles, is an absolute inspiration. She has always supported me and raised me to know that I can be and achieve anything I set my heart and mind to.
What advice would you give your younger self?
We can’t all cross the finish line together and at the same time. It’s OK to stand out as an absolute winner. The others will eventually catch up and by that time you will be onto bigger races, challenges.
Who or what is your inspiration and why?
Seeing how far I have come from sheer tenacity, passion and drive and the numerous stories of Athletes all over the world – a common trend is that they had difficult childhoods, yet rose above it all to shine!
What is your top business tip?
In order to succeed – Be first, Be Different or Be the Best!
What advice would you give to women wanting to follow their dreams?
Go boldly in the direction of your dreams. Nothing is impossible!
Your favourite daily affirmation:
You have come so far, achieved so much but don’t rest on your laurels, there is still more to come!
Your favourite quote:
“Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don’t to achieve what others wont”. ~Henry Rollins
Which book are you reading now?
Lie with Lions by Ken Follet.
What book can you read over and over?
One piece of advice you would like to share?
Believe in yourself and your abilities even when others may doubt, then make them believe!
Is there anything Xtraordinary Women can do to assist you on your journey?
Just continue to shine a light on those amazing women who are making it and serve as role models for others!!