Trailblazing sports reporter Vikki Orvice dies

Trailblazing sports reporter Vikki Orvice has died.

Vikki Orvice the former Sun athletics correspondent has died aged 56.

Orvice started her career at the Wakefield Express and in 1995 became a football reporter for The Sun which made her one of only a few women in sports reporting and the first in football for a tabloid paper.

Continuing her pioneering career for women in sport reporting, Orvice became The Sun’s athletics correspondent in 2002 which is a post she held until the end of last year despite being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

Andy Silvester, Head of PR for The Sun, said: “Vikki was a pioneer for women in sports journalism. She’s well respected across the industry not just as the first female tabloid football writer but as a brilliant journalist.”

In her memory The Sun are launching a scholarship to help young women who have “all the qualities Vikki held so dearly” join their sports team.

Ian Ridley, her husband, said in a statement on twitter: “My beloved, bright, brilliant wife Vikki Orvice passed away at 5am, able to defy the cancer no longer. I am bereft, empty, but grateful for her life and her love.”

As well as her reporting, she also played a major role in establishing the Women in Football organisation.

Orvice also became vice-chair of the Football Writers’ Association and adding to her list of achievements – the first woman chair of the British Athletics Writers’ Association.

Tributes are pouring in for Orvice, with Sheffield’s former Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill paying tribute.

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Written by Craig Norris

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