SHE’S a dual international, a national role model and was recently voted more marketable than Real Madrid’s $145 million man Gareth Bale.
Meet Ellyse Perry, Fox Sports’ latest recruit.
Perry has signed with Australia’s sports leader as a specialist commentator across the two sports in which she continues to excel – football and cricket.
Having recently returned from the women’s Ashes, and now in training with Sydney FC, Perry said she was looking forward to sharing her sporting knowledge with Fox Sports’ passionate national audience.
“It’s a huge honour to be part of a wonderful network,” Perry said. “I love listening to (Mark Bosnich’s) commentary and analysis on different parts of the game. I heard him talking about cricket the other day on The Back Page. I was very impressed with his level of knowledge and understanding of the game.”
Perry has been a regular feature in the mainstream media since her prodigious sporting talents first came to light. Still just 22, she has starred for both the Matildas and the Southern Stars on some of women’s sports biggest stages and will bring a unique perspective to Australia’s television screens.
“It will be different, definitely,” she said. “It will be a different way of seeing things. The majority of sport I’ve been involved in I’ve been playing, so it will be nice to take a step back and see it from a different perspective.
“I wouldn’t mind betting that it might be beneficial from my own playing in terms of viewing things a different way or maybe learning things that you don’t necessarily see when you’re playing.”
Perry made international headlines in May when the influential ProSport magazine released their list of the world’s most marketable sporting stars. The Sydneysider ranked 36th on the list – the only Australian athlete to feature in the top 50 – and was 12 places clear of the latest Galactico, Bale. La Liga stars Neymar and Lionel Messi topped the list.
“That list certainly shocked me and wasn’t something I was aware of,” she said. “Gareth Bale is probably a lot higher now given recent events. (His world record transfer fee) would have solved the GFC a few years ago.”
The greatest challenge confronting Perry these days is balancing her hectic schedule. With professional cricket and football commitments, university studies, sponsor endorsements and now a commentary role with Fox Sports, Perry’s diary-keeping ability will need to be on a par with her sporting prowess.
“Sometimes it can be quite tight,” she said. “I just got home from the Ashes and our domestic season starts fairly soon with the W-League and the WNCL. It’s a tight turnaround but the same thing happened last year coming home from the World Cup and starting the W-League so quickly.
“You haven’t seen my car. I’ve got most things in my car that I need for both trainings. I don’t need to pack too much. (My laundromat) is called mum and dad and I’m very fortunate to have that.”