Tracy Piggott

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Tracy Piggott

Sports person & national broadcaster

Tracy has been one of the main faces and voices on the Irish sporting scene for almost 20 years. She started her broadcasting career in 1988 when she won the Ladies Race in Leopardstown and was spotted by Tim O'Connor, Head of RTÉ Sport. Recognising her talent he invited her to do an audition and since then she has been one of Irelands favourite sports commentators.

Tracy has come from a background submerged in racing and has always followed her genuine interest in the business. After leaving school… 

Tracy has been one of the main faces and voices on the Irish sporting scene for almost 20 years. She started her broadcasting career in 1988 when she won the Ladies Race in Leopardstown and was spotted by Tim O'Connor, Head of RTÉ Sport. Recognising her talent he invited her to do an audition and since then she has been one of Irelands favourite sports commentators.

Tracy has come from a background submerged in racing and has always followed her genuine interest in the business. After leaving school she spent three years working in America as a "galloper" in Florida and Kentucky. New York and Los Angeles for many of the leading trainers.

She returned home to England to work for her mother's bloodstock/insurance company - buying and selling foals, yearlings and horses. But in 1986 she decided to return to the more practical side of racing and came to Ireland and spent three years with trainer Tommy Stack as an assistant.

Tracy has been part and parcel of the sporting industry in Ireland, presenting RTÉ's Sports Stadium for four years, Sunday Sport, and she also worked for two years concurrently with RTÉ and the BBC as well as appearing on many talk shows.

In July 1998 she swam across Galway Bay, a distance of 9 miles in seven and a half hours, all underwater, to raise £170,000 for the John Durcan Leukaemia Trust.
Tracy has anchored Olympics for RTÉ, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 and also Athens in 2004.She has presented the Irish Snooker Championships for the last 4 years.

Last year Tracy was asked to become involved with RTE s Rugby coverage and now is heavily involved in the Heineken Cup, Autumn friendlys and 6 Nations coverage as pre and post match interviewer, the 2007 World Cup is something that will be a great highlight for her career.

As well as presenting the weekly Greyhound View programme on TG4 and Sky Sports, Tracy is the face of racing on RTÉ, presenting horseracing, greyhound racing and showjumping coverage for the national broadcaster. In 1999/2000 Tracy presented two Saturday Live chat shows on RTÉ, interviewing the likes of George Best, Packie Bonner and Jimmy Nesbitt.

Tracy has taught Tibetan yoga,is a qualified Pilates instructor and holistic masseuse ,and enjoys cycling, both competitively and endurance. In 2000 she and 28 others including leader Sean Kelly, cycled an average of 130 miles a day to cover 2,875 miles coast to coast from San Diego to Charleston South Carolina USA in 25 days for the national Council for the blind. In recent years, Tracy has worked on and narrated a documentary on Aidan O'Brien called The Young Prince of Ballydoyle, and also a documentary on the great Irish trainer Dermot Weld,both of which received huge television ratings. She has presented a sports quiz, At the End of the Day, on RTÉ and presented the RTE coverage of the Special Olympics which took place in Ireland in 2003. Last year she covered the hugely successful Paralympics, also for RTE.

In 2004 she became the first woman to present RTEs flagship programme The Sporting Year a live audience based show that covers all the Irish sporting highlights of the year.She was asked back last year as the main presenter once again.

She is a member of the Irish Sports Council, a government appointment and has a passion for all sport, particularly encouraging more people to participate.

She has recently set up her charity "Playing For Life" an off shoot of existing charity Self Help International and this November will take 7 GAA All Stars to Malawi in East Africa to coach the children there in Irelands National Sport. This has not only raised valuable funds for continuing agricultural growth, but will also raise awareness of the childrens plight as RTE are making a documentary of the trip. This is the first of a series of Sports trips that Tracy will be organising over the coming years.

Tracy's natural rapport and sense of humour has made her a very popular after dinner and motivational speaker. Her relaxed and personal style translates to every audience, be it a senior management conference or sports evening. Some of the organistation that Tracy has addressed included ILAM, National Womens Day, Cork Sports Awards, Wexford Sports Award

 

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