NOTE TO VIEWERS: This week on Balance we will be featuring videos that contain images and voices of a deceased person.
Rebecca Wilson lived and breathed sport. She was well known as the writer of hard-hitting and often controversial sports columns for The Daily Telegraph.
An inspirational and passionate advocate for living life without regret, Rebecca sadly passed away on the 7th of October 2016 after losing her private battle with breast cancer.
As a tribute to her and all women who lose their life too early to Breast Cancer, this week we will be sharing with you an interview we filmed with Rebecca in May this year and a series of articles about breast cancer awareness.
Rebecca was also Deborah Hutton’s second cousin and shares an extended family in the media.
In the first two parts of her interview, Rebecca talks about how the Wilson family became sports fanatics and how her grandfathers’ never say no attitude and love of sports, led her to become one of the first female commentators in sports journalism.
A personal note from Deb
My cousin Bec has left us too soon, losing her battle to cancer. She was one of the most outstanding people you could ever meet, brilliant, funny, loving, and courageous. My heart goes out to Harto, her boys and the family.
Cancer takes far too many good men and women in the prime of their lives. It is an insidious disease that we need to find a cure for but it also reminds us that we need to treasure life, to live every day so it matters, to be with the people that matter and doing the things that matter. Rebecca did this.
None of us knew just how sick she was, it was not something we discussed in our interview and that was the way she wanted it. She was always so determined and knew exactly what she needed to find balance.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Find out more here.
To watch the other segments of my interview with Rebecca click the links below
About Rebecca Wilson
Rebecca Wilson served a cadetship at the Courier Mail before moving on to cover the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Seoul Olympics, and Rugby League, for Channel 10.
In 1992 Rebecca joined ABC Television hosting and reporting on Saturday Afternoon Sports before taking up the position of Super League Media Manager in 1995. She went on to join News Limited as General Manager of their Sydney Olympics Division and worked as project manager for the Rugby World Cup.
A first panelist on The Fat, Rebecca made her mark with her acerbic wit and her willingness to expose ‘gibberers,’ as well as her passion and knowledge of all things sporting.
In 2004 Rebecca joined Channel Seven to present, alongside host Tony Squires, a new sports panel program known as “110% Tony Squires.” Also, she became a regular contributor to Sunrise and was part of Triple M’s Dead Set Legends program.
In 2005 Rebecca joined the Foxtel team to work on various projects.
Journalism was always Rebecca’s first love, and in this capacity, she was often called upon to be a commentator on social issues for many of Australia’s current affairs programs.
Rebecca died tragically on the 7th of October 2016 after losing her fight against breast cancer.