Martine Gaillard

Olympic Sportscaster, Co-anchor Rogers Sportsnetnews

Martine Gaillard

Martine’s story started out in small town Saskatchewan. Where she grew up babies were practically born with either a hockey stick or a curling broom in their hand. Sports was a part of life and the fibre that brought the community together. In her school, her class had only nine students. If everyone didn't play sports, they couldn't make up a team... so she played everything right from the get go. It might be interesting to also note, (in light of her Rogers family involvement in Blue Jays baseball) she was a member of the St. Brieux women's fastball team... the 'Brieux Jays!’

When it came to television, on the farm they got two channels. Saturday nights and Hockey Night in Canada was a ritual. She would also be glued to the TV whenever the Olympics and Commonwealth Games were on. It was during those early days, when she came to the realization that she would never be an Olympic athlete, she decided it sure would be cool to interview them. Thus her pursuit of a career in television broadcasting was born.

She traveled to the big city and bright lights of Toronto to go to Ryerson. After getting a degree in RTA (Radio and Television Arts) and working summers as the Community Cruiser girl for CFQC Radio in Saskatoon, she landed at the Weather Network where she honed her on-air skills and moonlighted as the game host of the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons. Soon after, she became the first female anchor at The Score, where she worked for six years as co-host on The Score Tonight and later as a features reporter. She was given the opportunity to cover many exciting sporting events such as the 2000 Subway Series, and MLB and NHL all-star games. It was during this time she was also hired as part of the Hockey Night in Canada team.

In 2005 she became co-anchor of Rogers Sportsnetnews, where she recently fulfilled her childhood dream of participating in the Olympics. Maybe it wasn't as an athlete...but being part of the broadcast team at the Games in Vancouver will be one career experience hard to top!