Daniella Ponticelli was simply starting to get into sports activities when she was watching a Ladies’s Flat Observe Derby Affiliation playoff recreation and heard two ladies broadcasting the match. That was the second when Ponticelli determined she wished to begin doing play-by-play. Two years later, she was on the decision for WFTDA playoff video games.
“I used to be shocked that there have been ladies on the decision,” Ponticelli says. “I hadn’t actually been uncovered to that earlier than. One thing in me clicked and there was a second the place I mentioned to myself, ‘I need to do this.’ I don’t know why that thought got here to me, however that put the wheels in movement.”
On the time, Ponticelli had already graduated from faculty with a journalism diploma. She by no means meant pursuing sports activities media whereas in class, however that started to change after she joined a curler derby league in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Having labored in broadcast media and being snug in entrance of a microphone, Ponticelli was requested to do in-house asserting on the rink and he or she made fairly the impression. When the workforce traveled to Philadelphia for an All-Star occasion, Ponticelli was requested to make the journey and do play-by-play for the workforce.
As of late, you’ll be able to hear Ponticelli doing play-by-play for the University of Saskatchewan women’s ice hockey team, together with Katie Brickman, for the 2021–22 season. Ponticelli and Brickman are part of a broadcast workforce with Pattison Media, the primary personal broadcast firm to commit to broadcasting a full season of video games for a school ladies’s ice hockey workforce in Canada.
“We’re thrilled to be working so carefully with the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Division,” says Wray Morrison, HuskieFAN senior producer/host and partnership coordinator with Pattinson Media. “These athletes deserve massive crowds, numerous scholarship alternatives, and loads of media consideration. To provide main protection to gamers that rightfully deserve it is vitally rewarding. The caliber of play in ladies’s hockey is unbelievable and it will be nice to see different college ladies’s applications in Canada obtain this sort of publicity.”
Morrison additionally believes that Ponticelli is a good match for the place together with her broadcasting expertise and her potential to excite the followers.
“Generally I’m overwhelmed excited about the belief I have been given to tackle this position,” Ponticelli says. “This season isn’t step one, however it’s the subsequent step to bringing extra folks into the sports activities broadcasting world. That is one thing that’s new for them and it’s new for me as nicely.”
With any new job comes new challenges, however Ponticelli isn’t any stranger to change. Initially from Cape City, South Africa, Ponticelli and her household made the transfer to Winnipeg, Manitoba when she was 10 years previous. Once they arrived in Winnipeg, there was a neighborhood TV information crew current to interview the household.
“I nonetheless bear in mind the reporter’s identify, Jennifer Rattray,” Ponticelli says. “She interviewed us and I assumed it was the good factor.”
As destiny would have it, 15 years after that interview, Ponticelli would get a job on the similar station Rattray labored at. Ponticelli dug by way of the station’s archives and located the footage of her and her household arriving in Winnipeg.
Being interviewed by Rattray as a 10-year-old marked the start of Ponticelli’s journalism profession, comparable to how watching that WFTDA playoff recreation marked the start of her sports activities broadcasting profession.
After doing play-by-play for the All-Stars occasion in Philadelphia, Ponticelli had formally caught the sports activities bug, ultimately taking a place masking Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse, regardless of being unfamiliar with the game. However she discovered rapidly and continued to work as a sideline reporter for the Rush till the start of the COVD-19 pandemic.
Since entering into sports activities media, Ponticelli has had to work full-time in information whereas concurrently doing broadcasting part-time. Spending a lot of 2020 and ‘21 reporting on the pandemic, Ponticelli eagerly waited for the day she might return to the world and resume her ardour.
With the wait now over, Ponticelli is worked up to see what’s in retailer for her future in broadcasting, however she is aware of it’s necessary to replicate on how she received to the place she is. She hopes someday, a younger girl could hear her calling a Huskies recreation, and he or she too could notice that it’s doable for her.
“I consider that second throughout the WFTDA playoff recreation once I noticed any individual in that position who I might relate to,” Ponticelli says. “It confirmed me that this was completely doable and that I have a path there.”
Michael Rosen is a contributor for GoodSport, a media firm devoted to elevating the visibility of girls and ladies in sports activities.
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