Lucie Bertoldo

A Sydney-based journalist with a keen interest in sports and promoting gender diversity.

About Me

As a 25-year-old female, my strive in journalism is to always look beyond the ‘w’ when covering and creating content in the world of sport. Like for many Australians, my life has been immersed in sport from my own participation, leisure and fanship. So it was only natural that I would turn that interest into a media career.

I’m proud to be a female voice in an evolving media environment, because gender diversity and representation is something I feel strongly about. Not only is increasing opportunities for women to play sport professionally important, but also for those covering sport in general. We bring something different to the table; we bring new ideas, experiences and perspectives that creates a more equitable approach to journalism. Our voices are important in what is historically a male-dominated industry.

So where do I fit in this? When undertaking my double-degree in journalism and international studies at the University of Technology Sydney, I realised how strongly I felt about being part of something bigger than myself. So after working casually at Sporting News Australia, I pursed an opportunity to join The Canberra Times to cover sport on a full-time basis.

At the ACM newspaper, I worked to strict deadlines and produced original content daily – including breaking news, match reports, feature writing and columns. I had the opportunity to cover the Roosters-Raiders 2019 NRL final, the Brumbies-Reds 2020 Super Rugby final, the Socceroos and Matildas, and the Women’s T20 World Cup. I interviewed the likes of Graham Arnold, Lisa Alexander, Dan McKellar, Julie Fitzgerald, Kelsey-Lee Barber, Beth Mooney and Nick Kyrgios to name a few.

Currently I’m working casually at ESPN Australia and New Zealand as an assistant editor, where I contribute mainly to their NRL and Olympics coverage. In this role I also help manage the website, working with various CMS systems and international teams.

And outside of sport? I’m also keen in pursuing opportunities with humanities and international affairs, having a second degree behind me in relation to this. I have an intermediate level of French language and lived in Lyon to study throughout 2017, amplifying my dream of working overseas or with an international company in media or communications.

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My Latest Work at ESPN

How the Giants and Swifts overcame the odds for a one-two finish

It was the call that left NSW Swifts coach Briony Akle laughing and Helen Housby in tears.

On June 23, whispers of another Sydney lockdown grew louder as the delta strain of COVID-19 found new ground in the Harbour City.

After a season of chaos, Super Netball officials took no chances and within hours the Swifts and cross-town rivals the Giants were headed off to Queensland.

Seven weeks later, they're still there. With a few stops in between.

Aussie Spirit alive for Roberts on softball's Olympics return

As Cathy Freeman lit the Olympic cauldron and Nikki Webster flew down from the rafters, an eight-year-old Ellen Roberts sat on the edge of her seat at Stadium Australia in awe.

It was magic to be among the lucky 110,000 fans that filled the stands for the iconic opening ceremony at the Sydney Games.

Roberts' mother had won two tickets from her work and taking her father's allocation, Ellen dared to dream.

"Is Tee-ball at the Olympics?" Roberts, an enthusiast, later asked her parents.

"No but

Luai ready to repay Fittler's faith in Origin

Jarome Luai knows he's a bit of gamble to start at five-eighth for the NSW Blues.

Despite his electric start to the NRL season, the slight on the Penrith Panthers No.6 has been a lack of State of Origin experience.

But for what Luai lacks, his seamless combination with Nathan Cleary made it impossible for Brad Fittler and Blues selectors to ignore the Panther for Origin I - with the 22-year-old edging out Jack Wighton and Cody Walker for the No. 6 jersey.

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Basketball ACT cops $500,000 loss on unused land as clubs struggle for facilities

Basketball ACT has paid $500,000 of rates to the territory government on a block of land flagged for a desperately needed expansion to the sport's playing facilities. The governing body for basketball in the ACT has held the lot to the south of Belconnen Stadium for 10 years, with a vision to build two additional indoor courts. Several feasibility studies have been undertaken about the need for additional basketball facilities in Canberra, the most recent being in early 2020, but Basketball ACT

Heyman makes history in W-League thriller

A stellar brace saw Michelle Heyman become the W-League's outright leading scorer as Canberra United lifted back into the top four with a last-gasp victory. Not only did Heyman reclaim the coveted record but she extended it to 72 goals, all the while playing an instrumental role in United's 3-2 win over Perth Glory on Friday. Indeed it was a dramatic night at Viking Park, with the round-12 match looked to be heading towards a stalemate until Canberra was awarded two penalties in the dying minute

'It's embarrassing': AIS Arena shutdown forces Giants netball out of Canberra

Giants Netball officials have slammed Canberra's inability to host elite netball matches, describing the closure of the AIS Arena as "embarrassing" after being forced to cancel its annual fixture in the capital. The Super Netball draw will be published on Friday morning, but the Giants won't be playing in Canberra this year despite having a long-term deal to bring one match per season to the ACT. The ACT government paid Netball New South Wales $130,000 in return for one match per season from 201

Tokyo bound Barber's waiting game at the AIS

A 15-month wait between competitions has javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber relying on the Australian Institute of Sport more than ever, as clouds continue to hover over the Tokyo Olympic Games. In her decade-long affiliation with the national institute, the past year has been the toughest as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on Barber's bid for gold. Lockdowns, travel restrictions and cancellations have prevented Barber from competing since securing the world championship at Doha with a 66.56-metres throw i

The Kiwi kid who dreamed of becoming a Wallaby

Somewhere in the Simone family's archives, there's a video of an 11-year-old Irae pledging his allegiance to the Wallabies. Born and raised in Auckland, Simone was a rugby league prodigy who loved a representative team from a different code and nation. Like all Kiwi kids, he looked up to the All Blacks. But unlike all Kiwi kids, he wanted to play for Australia. And now the ACT Brumbies centre is on the cusp of doing just that.

Canberra Olympians relive Freeman's golden run

The sound of 100,000-plus voices singing Waltzing Matilda had eight-year-old Anna Flanagan standing on her seat for a better view of history unfolding below. Clad in full-length overalls and binoculars in hand, all Flanagan wanted was a mere glimpse of her childhood hero Cathy Freeman on that September evening in 2000. Her bedroom walls in Canberra were covered with posters of Freeman and Winnie the Pooh. And by the mistake of event staff, the Hockeyroo-to-be found herself watching her idol step

Canberra's sporting mums open up on juggling act

Louise Burrows thought "this is it" as she pulled on her footy boots for Australia's final match at the 2006 Rugby World Cup in Canada. She'd been juggling work and sport, something her male counterparts rarely had to do, and now was looking forward to starting a family. But as she sat in the changeroom she asked herself the same question many mothers around the world had pondered. Did having a family mean she had to give up her dreams? "To be honest, I did ask myself the question 'would I be ha

How the T20 World Cup final raised the benchmark for women's sport

Beth Mooney could feel her heart beating out of her chest as she walked out to bat at the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final. To hear the roar of 86,174 people packed inside Melbourne Cricket Ground is one thing, but to feel it is another. Oddly, it was only when she was standing by the stumps with nothing much to do that it hit her. History was in the making and she was right in the thick of it. "I was going out to bat with Midge [Alyssa Healy] and thought 'this is amazing, we're opening in front

Don't Kerr: Canberra withdraws from FIFA 2023 Women's World Cup bid

A soccer exclusion zone and only one rectangular venue in the capital have scuppered plans for Canberra to be a part of Australia's bid to host the women's World Cup in 2023. The Canberra Times can reveal the ACT government has withdrawn from the FFA's plans to bring the best female players in the world to Australia, despite four states already throwing their support behind the proposal. It means Canberra will miss out on the chance to showcase Sam Kerr and the Matildas, or the world champion Un

'I need to prove myself': Kyrgios excited for Davis Cup comeback

Nick Kyrgios says an early return to Canberra helped him refresh mentally and physically for his Davis Cup comeback, admitting he had to prove to captain Lleyton Hewitt he deserved a recall. The controversial and explosive 24-year-old will end an 18-month absence from the Australian team when the Davis Cup restarts in Madrid later this month. Kyrgios cut short his individual season to ensure he had recovered from a collarbone injury in time to be available for selection in Hewitt's squad. Speaki

Green Army stand behind fallen Raiders

Sydney Olympic Stadium thundered as Mal Meninga blew the Viking horn, signalling an end to the Canberra Raiders' 25 year grand final drought. The Green Machine's clogs began to turn as thousands of Raiders fans stood as one and created a sea of green with their hands held high. Boom, boom. Simon Tayoun's drum beat twice. Clap. 82,922 fans filled the Olympic Stadium but the sound of the Viking Clap drowned out the slightest hint of Sydney Roosters' faithful. Boom. Boom. Clap. Boom. Boom. Clap. Bo

Goalkeeper's journey brought to life in children's book

Lydia Williams' heart sank when her family packed their life into a car and drove 3000 kilometres to Canberra. She waved goodbye to the motorbikes, the hunting, her Australian football passion, her pet kangaroos and the red dirt of the Western Australia outback. The shy 11-year-old girl from Kalgoorlie was moving to the big city to start a new life with her mum and dad. The last thing she expected was to be saved by soccer, especially because she'd never played and her dad couldn't find the fiel

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