Ms. Namita Nayyar: You started your sports journalism and broadcasting career working on the sports desk at the Daily Mail in London before moving to Granada Television. You later made the transition to the weekly ‘SpoRT Show’ on the RT news channel in Moscow. Your professional career has propelled you to the height where you have been leading the world of sports journalism and broadcasting. Tell us something about this fairy tale professional journey?
Ms. Kate Partridge: I wouldn’t describe it as a fairy tale, but it’s certainly an unusual story! I loved working at the Daily Mail but I wanted to make the move from newspapers to TV.
At that time, it wasn’t straightforward, so I took a job as an assistant to the head of broadband at ITV as I “knew about football websites”! As he rocketed up the company, he took me with him. Meanwhile, I was volunteering to do extra work in the evenings and at weekends at ITV Sport, first as a runner on the World Cup, Champions League and Premiership football programmes, and then as an assistant producer.
Eventually, I obtained only the second sabbatical ITV had then granted by transferring to Sport full time, before I was put forward to work as a presenter for Chelsea TV as a summer job. After that, I went to Cardiff University for nine months to study for a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism. When I qualified, I returned to London and went to work as a temp at IMG, then as a journalist in their online department, and then became news editor across the company’s online content. When IMG restructured, I freelanced at Setanta Sports News and the Daily Mail, and when Setanta ceased broadcasting, I applied to RT. They offered me a job a sports presenter on the spot – and two months later, I was in Moscow with my life in four bags!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are a leading female sports journalist and broadcaster, editor, TV presenter, television programme producer, media strategist, presenter on radio shows and multi-media news editor. How you are able to manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional, multi-faceted lifestyle?
Ms. Kate Partridge: I have never really thought my life was remarkable, but I suppose it is a bit different! Working in sport often means working anti-social hours, as that’s when most of the events take place. You have to be flexible and prepared to sacrifice a few social events, particularly at weekends. I have never really found this a problem because I love my job and sport is also my hobby, but it can take its toll on your personal life. You also have to be pretty organised to ensure you see your friends and loved ones, as well as keeping house, and trying to keep fit and healthy. It’s a constant juggling act!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you would like to share?
Ms. Kate Partridge: When I was little, my Dad made me memorise Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” and now I feel guilty if I don’t live by the line: “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run”! In other words, I multi-task. While I’m watching something on TV, I go on my exercise bike. Afterwards, I do anything from 100 to 500 sit-ups, and 100 press-ups. I also try to walk everywhere, and take the stairs or walk up and down escalators. It’s amazing how much quick, free cardiovascular exercise you can
find, if you want!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you follow some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Kate Partridge: I food combine as much as possible. In other words, I don’t mix proteins and starches, keep fruit separate, eat one “neutral” meal every day, and drink at least two litres of water daily. I don’t eat red meat or seafood, but I do eat some fish and chicken. I eat lots of fruit and tomatoes, as well as natural yoghurt. I drink alcohol around once or twice a week, and usually Prosecco or white wine, and I don’t smoke. I also take a multivitamin, Selenium and garlic tablets each day.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing, and secondly what you do to your hair to make it look so stunning?
Ms. Kate Partridge: I use Botanics All Bright Eye Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover and Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear Cleanser on my skin at night. Otherwise, I wash my face in the shower with Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and a Clarisonic Mia sonic facial cleansing brush. Then I sometimes use Oil of Olay moisturizers, as well as Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I never go outside without wearing makeup or at least moisturiser. This helps to protect your skin against the environment as well as looking good!
I wash my hair every other day with a shampoo that removes product build-up, such as Pantene Ice Shine, and then I recommend Umberto Giannini’s Indulgent Beauty Moisture Mask as a conditioner. I also always use a serum such as John Frieda’s Frizz Ease. These products help to protect my hair against the effects of colour treatments, hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs. After I’ve washed my hair and applied serum, and always at night, I put my hair into two loose plaits. This encourages the follicles to lie flat while you sleep, and helps you grow your hair and to prevent split ends.