A Day in the Life...of Katherine Merry, by Katherine Merry, for Athletics Weekly
Katherine Merry, photo by Mark Shearman
It's been nearly nine years since I packed away my spikes, Lycra and medals and started working on the other side of the fence.
Retiring from athletics is a hard decision for some, but for me it was easy. I had suffered from so many injuries, relocated myself to another country and endured operations until one day I went to the track but decided to go home and never went back. The four-year injury battle of trying to get back to being a world leader and major medal contender was over.
I love sport. It has been my life and I comfortably now work in many sports, but athletics is the main one, which kind of makes sense as it has been in my life for 29 years! So I now happily work in sports broadcasting in many areas where talking is required.
One of the roles I perform is the infield hosting of sporting events, mainly in athletics and for many years have enjoyed doing this in the UK, Europe and America.
(Editor's Note: Katherine Merry is one of the best announcers of the sport of athletics. I have watched her at several of the UK athletics series over the past half decade and she keeps the fans up to date and knows the sport. Katherine Merry has been the onfield announcer at the Nike Pre meet. If you get a chance to see her, watch a consumate professional at work. Also, her twitter feed is hysterical. )