A heart-breaking ankle injury last year had a silver lining for Newcastle’s Tanisha Stanton.
The Newcastle 21-year-old was unable to play in the Indigenous All Stars women’s rugby league match at McDonald Jones Stadium in her home-town in February but instead got to commentate on the game.
Her efforts with the microphone ended up landing her a role on a new footy show on NITV (Channel 34).
The talented sportswoman is a co-host on Over the Black Dot, which premiered on April 12 and screens weekly through the rugby league season on Wednesday night at 9.30pm on NITV.
The show celebrates all tiers of league with expert analysis on weekly matches, game highlights and feature pieces by Stanton on players, officials and coaches in the field.
Also on the show is former Newcastle Knights premiership-winning rugby league great Owen Craigie, Indigenous All Star George Rose and sports journalist Djuro Sen.
“I was really excited about the role because I’m currently studying journalism at University of NSW and sports presenting is what I want to get into when I finish my degree, so this is just a really good opportunity for me throughout my degree,” Stanton said.
It is not Stanton’s first TV gig. Stanton co-hosted a grassroots program on NITV when she was in year 12 at Hunter Sports High. Her work on Barefoot Sunday, a grassroots sports show of short stories in regional and remote communities, earned her a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Talent in 2014.
Stanton has recovered from ankle surgery in November and has her pick of sports.
She was in the Australian under-19 netball and touch squads, was on contract with the Australian rugby sevens squad in 2015 and has played for the Indigenous All Stars in league.
“Netball has been my passion since I was little,” Stanton said. “That’s still in my sights and that’s why I’m playing again this year [in NSW Premier League], just to see how I go to get back into it, so it’s definitely a possibility. But there is also a lot of opportunity in rugby league at the moment for women, which is really exciting.”
Catch Over the Black Dot Wednesdays at 9.30pm.
There is also a lot of opportunity in rugby league at the moment for women, which is really exciting.