Sarah Stirk: How did she become a leading Sky Sports news presenter?

If you’re into golf, then the chances are that you’ve seen Sky Sports News presenter Sarah Stirk on your television screen once or twice in the past. The presenter is easily recognised in her field, often considered the face of Sky Sports Golf, but she hasn’t always been a Sky Sports presenter. Indeed, the talent has worked her way up the ranks to become a well-loved name in sports journalism – and below, we shed a little light on her career journey to date…

How did Sarah Stirk make her name?

Sarah began her television presenting career on MUTV, a television channel dedicated to the Manchester United football club, and soon after moved over to present on BBC’s East Midlands Today as a correspondent. It’s this role that gave Sarah the skills and experience she needed to make it as an anchor on Sky Sports News, cutting her teeth in the cut-throat world of sports journalism, where men had previously dominated, particularly in golf.

Stirk’s true golfing career took off when she spent two years covering the PGA Golf Tour for Setanta Golf, a channel that no longer exists. Once the channel went off the air in 2009, she moved over to presenting the sports news for the BBC, appearing on primetime slots on the BBC News Channel in the UK and BBC World News around the world, including presenting on popular segments like Sports Today, which has kickstarted the careers of stars like Peter Dimmock, and Dan Walker, who is now a BBC Breakfast and Chase the Case presenter.

Following her short stint on BBC News, Sarah moved over to present on Sky News, starting in a junior presenting role and eventually moving into a senior position for Sky Sports Golf.

What else does Sarah Stirk get up to?

As well as presenting for Sky Sports Golf, Sarah has spent time reporting on the Open Championship for the TalkSport radio station, and she was part of the Radio 5 Live coverage of the PGA Championship and Scottish Open back in 2010, but her current deal ties her to present exclusively for Sky-related brands and radio stations. As well as television, Stirk has columns in a number of publications, such as Golf International (sharing her insights into the sport) and A Place in the Sun (recommending golf resorts and retreats for house buyers).

When she’s not at work, Sarah travels between her base in London and sites in Europe and the United States to prepare for her golfing coverage on Sky Sports News, and she is a senior reporter for Major championships, where she gets to interview some of the world’s most respected golfers. She’s also a 7 handicap golfer, and she joined the Betfair team in 2017 to provide golfing analysis and predictions. If this Betfair review on bookmakers.net is anything to go by, signing up and listening to Sarah’s tips could land you a decent return!

That’s not all – Sarah is an entrepreneur, having recently sold her luxury agency Xclusive Golf to Golfbreaks.com, and she’s also training to become a drummer. To top it all off, Sarah recently launched the Women’s Leadership Summit, attracting influential women from across business, education, sports, arts and media to attend regular presentations, networking, and collaborations in an open and welcoming setting. Is there anything Sarah cannot do!?

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