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Gabby Logan: 'I'd Be Mortified To Hear My Kids Showing Off!'

21/11/2014 11:42 | Updated 20 May 2015

Gabby Logan attends the RTS programme awards at Grosvenor House

Gabby Logan first rose to fame representing Wales as a teenage gymnast, before moving into television and going on to become one of the faces of BBC sport. She is married to retired rugby union player Kenny Logan, and the pair are parents to twins Reuben and Lois.

We spoke to Gabby about her life and career, from her beginnings as a TV presenter in the 1990s to her experience with IVF and the joys of raising twins.

When you started out as a sports presenter in 1996, women were still rare in sport reporting. Have you seen a lot of changes in the industry?

At the time I was working for Sky, there were a lot of women working there, so it would be disingenuous to say otherwise. One of my best friends, Kirsty Gallacher, who still works in the business, was working there.

But there are definitely now more stories reaching the sports bulletins about women's sports, which is a really positive thing.

Since finding TV fame and then becoming a mother, how have you managed to juggle the work-life balance?

It's the same issue that anybody in any job has. Trying to make sure that everybody gets the right amount of time, and being able to focus on one thing at once – it's no good being at work and spending all your time worrying about what's going on at home.

It takes time to get the mind-set and the organisational skills. When you first get married, you have to think about someone else's needs, and then when you have kids it divides your time even more. So there's a gradual step-up, so you get better and more adept at it. And you realise that asking for help and getting help isn't a bad thing.

Our nearest family is 200 miles away, so having family around to help is something I missed when I first had Reuben and Lois.

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As soon as you have a multi-birth, those friends who said 'Oh, I'll pop round for an hour' are less prevalent!

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Has it been hard travelling abroad frequently for work with young children at home?

I've always made sure if I'm doing a rugby match or a football match somewhere abroad, if I can get a flight home that night, I'll do it – I'm sure I've nearly given taxi drivers heart attacks going "Get me to the airport!" But you learn to relax and not give yourself a hard time if you don't make that last train or plane.

Your twins, Reuben and Lois, are nine now. Are they similar?

They're very different. Lois wants to be outside, she's very into nature and animals, and Reuben's more into sport. But they change all the time – boys and girls mature at different rates, so sometimes you feel that they're miles apart in terms of maturity, and other times it seems like they're catching up.

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Because they are the same age, you can't help but make a comparison. You have to be mindful to treat them as individuals.

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It's quite helpful that they go to different schools now - at their old school, teachers would start off talking about one of them on parents' evening and within a few seconds they were talking about the other one!

Did you ever consider having more children?

I would have loved to have had more children, but it didn't work out for us. We had Reuben and Lois through IVF - there was a reason why it wasn't happening for us, so we were lucky and it worked the first time.

What advice would you give to other couples struggling to conceive and considering IVF?

The only thing that's universal is that you're going to have to be strong with each other. I think if one person wanted it more than the other, it could cause friction – you've got to be unified. You've got to be ready for all the possibilities – if it doesn't work the first time, how are you going to deal with that? Nobody knows how you're going to feel when you start the process. It's like an unknowable story that's evolving.

How do Reuben and Lois feel about having famous parents?

They're past the stage of being naïve to it now, and they appreciate that not every kid is lucky enough to go behind the screens at Strictly, or go to big sporting events. I'd be really mortified if I heard them showing off! But I'm sure the embarrassment will kick in soon...

I think the World Cup was the first time Reuben was really impressed. I was um-ing and ah-ing over whether I wanted to be away from home for that long, and he was like "You have to go to Brazil!" Now he's watching the games and ringing me up to talk about them, it makes it a lot easier for me.

You and Kenny were both contestants on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007. Have you been watching this year?

I've been an avid watcher, and the kids are into it this year, too. They like Pixie Lott and Jake Wood. And my son's just turned to me and said 'the one from The Saturdays, Frankie!'

Is it different watching after having been on the show yourself?

You fully appreciate the nerves. It's kind of a bear pit - I don't think people realise how close the audience are. It's just a cauldron of tension! And it builds up all day, because you start so early in the morning - when the viewers are sitting down to watch, that can be 12 hours after you arrive at the studio!

You're hosting a Comic Relief special next year called 'Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief'. We're intrigued...

It's professional darts players teaming up with celebrities who are either good at darts, or interested, or just giving it a go. It's very, very funny. The day of the filming was probably one of my favourites days of filming in the past year.

And, finally, is there any truth to the rumour that you and football pundit Alan Hansen are in talks to be team captains on a TV sport panel show?

That would be quite an interesting experience! Last time I saw Alan was at Gleneagles at the Ryder Cup, and he was happy with not being on Match of the Day, so I can't see him rushing back into TV. He sounded like he was quite happy enjoying the beaches of Barbados!

Gabby is currently taking part in Samsung Mobile's 'notes4life' campaign.

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