Chit Chat: Elma Smit

2011-07-01 13:27

Elma Smit will be the rose among the thorns at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in September. She joins SuperSport after winning the Lady Rugga presenter search and will be bringing viewers all the action from the field.

What made you decide to enter a competition for a rugby commentator?
I am a presenter by trade; I’ve been presenting on 5FM and the MK (musiek kanaal on M-Net) channel for a while now.

I jumped at the opportunity to get into sport presenting, because being live from the field is exciting and the ultimate challenge for me.

Are you a rugby fan?
Yes. I support the Stormers and I’m a typical rugby fan – usually my friends and I scream at the TV from the couch while having a braai.

Have you started training at SuperSport yet?
Yes and it’s completely different to anything I have done before.

I’m learning about live-field reporting – how to read a game and where it’s going are part of the training.

But I had already begun preparing when the competition started as we went through rugby quizzes, impromptu interviews and were tested by the judges.

There has been criticism about the outcome of the competition, which was touted as a search for a new face while you have been on TV before. How do you feel about this?

Funny enough, it’s mainly men who have a problem. Most women I have come into contact with have been keen and supportive.

I think it’s great that I will be able to present from a rugby perspective, and also bring warmth and a sense of femininity to the game.

Usually a former rugby player would end up presenting a rugby show because they are familiar to the viewers.

Why do you think women’s sport doesn’t get a lot of coverage?

There are a million reasons for that. All I know is that it seems to be the way it is.

Crystal Arnold, who presents other sports on the channel, caused quite a stir when she posed nude for Playboy. Is it something you would ever consider?

No, never. It’s never been something I have wanted to do, so I wouldn’t consider doing something like that.

Do you think your large Twitter following helped you win the competition?

It wasn’t open to a public vote and was purely based on the judges’ decision.

SuperSport decided to leave it to the experts, but it was very humbling to have the support of so many people. It really does mean the world to me.

What three things are you taking with you to New Zealand?
Warm socks for one. I’m also including my trusty notebook and pen; having studied journalism I never leave home without them.

And I will not forget my iPhone, because I have downloaded so many rugby and travel applications on it.

Are you prepared for the feisty Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and the work involved with presenting rugby?

I am watching sport all the time and reading as much as I can because you can never be too prepared.

I’m trying to stay abreast of everything. I’m also looking forward to interviewing De Villiers because he always gives a straight answer.

Which hotties should we look out for on the field?

Definitely Victor Matfield (Bulls) if you’re looking for the manly type, and Jean de Villiers (Stormers) if you are looking for that high school boy cutie. Morné Steyn (Bulls) is cute too.

Who will lift the William Webb Ellis trophy in New Zealand?

The Springboks. I’m not just saying that because I am a South African.

They have energy, are a young side and have great balance.

IRB World Cup kicks off on September 9

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