Although the Victoria Shamrocks lost against the Langley Thunder over the weekend, they picked up a historic win behind the mic.
Maki Jenner became the first female ever to do play-by-play commentary in Western Lacrosse Association history by calling Sunday’s game.
Jenner says it was great experience and she hopes other women will get the same opportunity.
“Breaking barriers opens doors and I think that there’s so many talented females in the sports industry that are waiting for their kind of big break, and I just think that this can open so many doors for females in sports,” said Jenner
Jenner, who’s originally the Shamrocks social media and communications manager, ended up being thrown into the broadcast booth because the usual host was stuck in traffic.
“We got a message on our Instagram saying there’s no one doing play-by-play or colour commentary and so I was like uh oh, this isn’t good,” said Jenner. “So I was running around trying to find my manager and she was like, there’s no one here to do it so you’re up.”
Teddy Jenner, a broadcaster for the national lacrosse league, who happens to be Maki’s uncle says their family couldn’t be more proud.
“I don’t know what this will lead to but….she’s already got a perfect demo reel ready to go,” said Teddy. “I think this is going to open up a lot of doors for her.”
Jenner will continue to work for the Shamrocks communications department and has hopes of becoming a sideline reporter in the future.