Jeanette Kwayke, a former Olympian, has been gracing our screens for the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, and she has made history in her burgeoning career as a presenter.
When she led Channel 5’s coverage of Sam Egginton’s sixth-round knockout of Ashley Theophane in 2020, the ex-team GB sprinter became the first black boxing presenter in the UK.
Who is Jeanette Kwayke?
The 38-year-old was born on March 20, 1983, in London’s Woodford Green, and has a younger brother, Louis, who was also an athlete.
During her adolescent years, she quickly recognized her sporting talent while running for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies, where she progressed through the junior ranks and turned pro in 2005.
Kwayke earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from the University of Loughborough.
Jeanette married her Nigerian husband Tokunbo in 2016.
The couple has two kids: a son and a daughter.
Jeanette Kwayke achievements
Jeanette won British championship medals in the 100m and 200m in 2007.
Her most notable achievement came at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when she became the first British woman in 24 years to compete in the 100m final, finishing sixth.
Unfortunately, due to Achilles tendon and knee injuries, the ex-Olympian was forced to withdraw from competitions in 2010.
Kwayke, on the other hand, reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and won the 100m women’s British title that same year.
Unfortunately, 2012 was not a successful year.
Jeanette did not qualify for the London Olympics due to another injury, but she did win the British 60m indoor title to compensate.
Personal bests include:
7.08 seconds – 60m (March 2008)
11:14 in the 100m (August 2008)
23.11 in the 200m (July 2007)
However, she was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 birthday honors list.
What does Jeanette Kwayke do now?
Jeanette has presented for Sky Sports, Channel 5 and the BBC since she announced her retirement from the sport, including an hour-long show on BBC Radio London every Saturday called The Women’s Sports Show.
The former British champion has also covered Olympic, European, and Commonwealth Games events.
Jeanette has previously worked for Channel 4 and most recently appeared on the One Show.
In 2017, the sprinter published Femi The Fox, a children’s book that was featured on BBC Africa.