History was made recently in an Independent Professional Baseball League (@AA_Baseball) game between the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (@FMRedHawks) and the Winnipeg Goldeyes (@Wpg_Goldeyes). The feat, however, did not take place on the field, but rather, in the press box thanks to the Goldeyes’ Media Relations Assistant – Danielle Doiron (@dmdoiron). Thanks to her efforts last Saturday, Danielle became the first female to broadcast solo at a professional Canadian baseball game. Not only was this a terrific step for Danielle personally, but it was also a great step in the right direction for females in sport.
Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with the Creative Communications graduate about her accomplishment in the booth, as well as her path to the press box and what it has all meant to her! And while we enjoyed learning about her favourite sports movie of all time (McFarland, USA), her favourite social media platform (Twitter), and her dream organization to work for (TSN), we were able to learn so much more from this great inspiration for females in sport.
Based on her experience playing in sports and being involved in an active household, it was a natural fit for Danielle to work in the sports field, especially once she realized that she “likely wouldn’t make the Olympics.” This sporty past certainly helped to pave the way for her many experiences within the field, including stints with the Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers), and CBC Manitoba (@CBCManitoba), among others. Eventually, Danielle took her communications arsenal to the broadcast booth, and the rest, as they say, is history.
While it was tough initially for Danielle to “take notes instead of cheering on plays,” it certainly appears as though shifting her career goals from being on the field to behind the mic was a wise choice! The Red River College (@RRC) alum speaks very highly of the response and support she has received after her first solo broadcast and we can certainly understand why.
Danielle’s first solo efforts – and the art of broadcasting in general – requires great skill and is by no means an easy task. The most challenging parts, according to Danielle, are the ability to call plays before checking the official scoring and smoothly transitioning from play-by-play to colour commentary. But she has certainly embraced the challenge with open arms and a willingness to work hard. Says Danielle, “you can never prepare too much, especially when you’re solo on air,” a lesson which she certainly put into practice last weekend in an experience she described as “an absolute honour.”
But being a female in sport isn’t always this way; an unfortunate reality that continues to hover over the industry. Danielle has been lucky enough in her experiences to not feel these types of struggles, but did mention “an added pressure to prove [herself],” in the workplace. As Danielle sees it, however, “more women are entering the field and setting great examples for younger girls and anyone else to follow,” which is a direction we would most certainly welcome.
Currently, Danielle is quite clearly a standout with the Goldeyes and building an impressive breadth of experience. Sure, her talents may lead her to the track to call the sprints or to the rink to tackle some hockey play-by-play – two sports she would like to announce moving forward – but wherever her career takes her, we’re confident her name will continue to surface and she will continue to be an inspiration to females in sport.
And in terms of any advice for other females looking to get into the field, Danielle kept it simple – “just do what you do and do it well. Stand up for yourself if/when you need to, but let your work speak for itself.” She certainly practiced what she preached this past weekend, and we commend her efforts as the first female to broadcast solo in professional Canadian baseball.