Tribute pours in for trailblazing reporter Vikki Orvice – who paved the way for more female sports journalists – after she died of cancer at the age of 56
- Pioneering sports journalist Vikki Orvice has died after a long battle with cancer
- She inspired many women to the profession as an athletics writer for The Sun.
- Orvice, 56, was a director of Women In Football and vice chairman of the Football Writers’ Association
- Tribute poured in on social media after the sad news was announced
Tribute has come in for trailblazing sports journalist Vikki Orvice after losing her long battle with cancer.
Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and former England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville led social media tributes to The Sun sports writer, Women In Football director and tough football writers association.
Orvice, 56, was a pioneer for female sports journalists and inspired many in the profession after she became the first female soccer writer in 1995 through a tabloid magazine.
Pioneering sports journalist Vikki Orvice has died after a long battle with cancer
She later became the newspaper’s athletic correspondent, fulfilling the role with distinction for 16 years. Before The Sun, she had worked at the Daily Mail as a sports and news reporter.
Her husband Ian Ridley tweeted the sad news on Wednesday morning and wrote: ‘My beloved, smart, brilliant wife Vikki Orvice died at 5am, unable to brave the cancer.
“I’m robbed, empty, but thankful for her life and her love. Those who feel the breath of sadness sit down next to me. ‘
Olympic champion Dame Jess Ennis-Hill described Orvice as a ‘genuinely sweet woman’
Former England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville tweeted his condolences
Tributes poured in, including one from Neville, who wrote, “I’m really sorry Ian heard that. All my best wishes to you. ‘
Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill wrote, “She was such a really sweet woman. I feel very happy that I spent so much time with her over the course of my athletic career.
“Many beautiful memories and she will be really missed. A very sad day. Thinking of you and your family x ‘
Marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe tweeted: ‘Vikki will be missed enormously. A true pioneer for female journalists and women everywhere.
“Lived her life with integrity and courage, always thinking about others and going down her own path.”
Broadcaster Gabby Logan wrote, “Sorry sorry Ian. Vikki was a pioneer for so many of us who are now following in her footsteps. ‘
Fellow journalist Jacqui Oatley wrote, “Devastated that our special WiF @vikkiorvice has been taken over by cancer. She was a driving force behind a change in football culture.
“I’ve spent countless hours / days making a practical difference through @WomeninFootball and @theofficialFWA to pave the way for the next generation.”
Former Team GB sprinter Darren Campbell joined the flood of tribute on Twitter
Former sprinter Katharine Merry also paid tribute to the popular athletics correspondent
Orvice treated The Sun for 16 years of athletics and British former runner Katharine Merry tweeted: ‘So very sad to hear the death of Vikki Orvice this morning.
She has been the familiar friendly face at athletic meetings for many years. Many wonderful conversations were held. I will miss her. “
Team GB sprinter Darren Campbell wrote, “Heart broken to hear the sad news this morning. Fantastic lady and journalist. My thoughts go out to her loved ones. ‘