Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton

Holiday Hit Squad, BT Sport

Synopsis

After Blue Peter, Helen has presented everything from Holiday Hit Squad to Wimbledon, Countryfile to BT Sport’s Women's Super League football. She’s also taken on extraordinary challenges including desert ultra-marathons, kayaking up the Amazon, and walking a tightrope across one of London’s most familiar landmarks.

Biography

Helen Skelton was the 33rd Blue Peter presenter and has since gone on to cover sport, lifestyle and nature programmes.

After early work on local radio and TV, Helen joined the children’s news institution Newsround, and later its sport version Sportsround. As part of the Blue Peter team she took on some extraordinary challenges from the 78 mile Namibia Ultra Marathon (becoming the first woman to complete the course) to walking a tightrope between Battersea Power Station’s chimneys to kayaking 2,010 km up the Amazon, alone. She also crossed 500 miles of Antarctica by bike, ski and kite.

After Blue Peter Helen presented BBC One’s Holiday Hit Squad, the show looking at whether holidays and hotels deliver what they promise, and was also part of the BBC team covering the London Olympics. Other sports coverage Helen has played a part in includes Wimbledon, the Derby, and the London Marathon (which she’s also run). She now fronts BT Sport’s coverage of FA Women's Super League football.

Helen returned to her rural roots as a presenter on Countryfile, showed her dancing skills on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, and staffed Dictionary Corner on Countdown.

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