Stanton takes on new sports role


New South Wales junior Tanisha Stanton is well informed when it comes to sport.  The rising netball star has represented her home state at the National Netball Championships, as well as Touch Football, and earned Australian underage selection along the way.

However the 18 year old from Newcastle is trying a different role within the sporting industry – as TV presenter of the new National Indigenous Television (NITV) show Barefoot Sunday, debuting this Sunday 13 October at 3.30pm (AEDST).

Barefoot Sunday is a brand new grassroots sports show which combines on-field action and interviews with stories and documentaries from regional and remote communities.  Tanisha along with her co-host Luke Carroll will be on-air every Sunday giving viewers access to local stories told by local people.

“Sports presenting was something that I thought looked really cool when I was younger, but I didn’t ever think I’d have an opportunity to practice it.  We’ve filmed the first few episodes now and I’m really enjoying it; I’ve met some amazing people and having a great time,” Tanisha said.

A descendent of the Kamilaroi tribe, Tanisha said it was an “added bonus” that she is taking her first foray into presenting with NITV, an SBS free-to-air channel with content specifically targeted for the Indigenous people.

“It’s really fantastic, a real bonus, that as an Indigenous person I can do this role with an organisation such as NITV.  It’s very special to me to be able to represent my people and give something back to my community,” Tanisha said.

Tanisha’s journey to sports presenting began when she was presented with a Deadly Award (Australian Indigenous Awards) in 2011 for Most Promising New Talent in Sport.  The producer of Barefoot Sundaywas involved in the awards ceremony and when discussing on-air talent, remembered Tanisha and asked if she was interested.

“From there I went for a screen test.  I was really nervous but it seemed to go well.  It’s been really cool to meet and work with lots of different people – people like [Australian Rugby legend] Mark Ella and [SBS journalist] Evan Charlton.  They’ve taught me a lot and I’m really enjoying it so far,” Tanisha said.

In her new role, Tanisha has already covered events such as the Murri Rugby League Carnival in Ipswich, Queensland and the NSW Koori Knockout in Newcastle, as well as previewing the upcoming Anthony Mundine v ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley fight and meeting Jillaroos and sisters Rebecca and Julie Young.

Tanisha said having the opportunity to meet these athletes has been “so inspirational” and although excited by her new role, she isn’t quite ready to leave her own sporting aspirations to the side.

“I’m definitely still interested in netball.  I’m hoping to move down to Sydney next year to continue my studies and continue to play DOOLEYS State League, and I’ll also trial for the NSW 19U Team again for next year.  Hopefully I can do well and get picked to represent the Waratah again at Nationals,” Tanisha said.

Netball fans keen to see Tanisha in action on screen should tune in this Sunday at 3.30pm (AEDST) to support our NSW junior for the first instalment of Barefoot Sunday.

Good luck Tanisha!