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Kirsty Gallacher shares teenage comeback as sports fanatic before fame as TV presenter

Kirsty Gallacher shared a photo from her teenage years as a young sports fanatic before becoming a famous presenter.

The Edinburgh TV star, 45, posted the 13-year-old, unrecognizable snap as a youngster with blond hair hoping for success in the sports industry.

Posting on Instagram, the former Sky Sports presenter compared the sweet photo of herself younger with a more recent one living her dream and interviewing golf legend Jordan Spieth in St Andrews.

Memories With her 347,000 followers, Kirsty said her athletic journey had its “ups and downs” and that she was “never far from some sort of court or field growing up.”

The Edinburgh presenter looked unrecognizable as a 13-year-old blonde teenager

She wrote: “I was 13 on the tennis court … I was never far from some kind of court or field growing up!

“So as an adult working in sports I jump in quickly, here I am interviewing the great @jordanspieth at the Royal St Andrews.

“This is my journey in the sport and there have certainly been some ups, downs and some memorable moments.”

Andy Murray’s coach and former professional tennis player Jamie Delgado showed his appreciation in the comments, writing: “Yesssssssss, love the first pic !!!!!!!”

Former Sky Sports expert interviewing golf legend Jordan Spieth in St Andrews

Other fans couldn’t believe the dark-haired sports presenter was blond as a teenager, with one writing: “What, are you blonde?”

Kirsty was forced to talk about her hair color and comment and wrote: “It got darker as a teenager. It was only light in the summer when I was a kid.”

The Scottish presenter is best known for her role on Sky Sports News where she helped establish the channel and the success she has enjoyed over the years.

A chance encounter led Kirsty to land a production assistant job at Sky before quickly being noticed for her incredible knowledge of the sport, from gold to rugby.

She was hired for a role in front of the camera and in her first year of presenting, she won two TV awards and landed a series of appearances, from Strictly Come Dancing to Lorraine and A Question of Sport.

Having been a regular part of the Sky team since 1998, Kirsty left her role in 2018 to pursue new ventures and recently started a sports podcast to keep her busy during the lockdown.

In 2017, was banned from driving for two years after being caught three times above the drink driving limit.

She blamed “divorce stress” on the prosecution following the breakdown of her marriage to former rugby union player Paul Sampson with whom she shares her sons, Oscar, 13, and Jude, 10.

Sophie Law is an advanced content writer for The Daily Record.

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