Simon Thomas is one of Sky Sports’ main presenters, leading the coverage for Saturday Premier League Football and the Capital One Cup. His career and status within the sports industry has grown steadily over the last decade.
Simon joined Sky Sports as a presenter in June 2005 and became one of Sky Sports News’ leading presenters for the next eight years. His versatility saw him become the first ever presenter of Sky Sports’ Cricket AM programme in May 2006 where he presented the Saturday morning summer magazine show for four years alongside Anita Rani and then Sarah-Jane Mee.
Along with being a regular presenter on the Afternoon Report with Georgie Thompson and Kirsty Gallacher, Simon has also presented Sky Sports News’s World Cup Report in Cape Town in 2010, anchored Sky Sports News’s coverage of the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia. He also played a big part in the presenting team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in early 2013 Simon presented the live launch of the FA 150th Anniversary at the Connaught Rooms in London.
For the 2011-12 & 2012-13 Football Seasons Simon was the main presenter for Sky Sports’ Football League coverage alongside his work on Sky Sports News. He presented 90 live games per season including the Championship, League 1 and League 2 Play Off Finals at Wembley. Simon also presented the weekly Football League review and preview shows on a Monday and a Thursday.
Simon launched his TV presenting career in January 1999 on the iconic BBC show Blue Peter becoming its 27th presenter. In his 6 years presenting the show he experienced a number of highlights ranging from sky diving with the RAF Falcons, racing Darren Campbell, Frankie Fredericks and Jason Gardner over 60 metres at an International Indoor Athletics Meeting and presented Her Majesty the Queen with a gold Blue Peter badge.
He also co-hosted CBBC’s Proms in the Park in Hyde Park with Matt Baker and Fearne Cotton in 2002 and 2003.
Away from the camera, Simon is equally at home with live events. At London 2012 he hosted the Olympic Stadium morning warm up show and post show in front of 80,000 people. He has compared the main stage at Greenbelt festivals and the ECB Twenty20 Cup in 2005, as well as hosting Chelsea FC’s end-of-season dinner in 2005. Simon has been kept busy hosting regularly for the FA Club at Wembley, T20 matches at Lords and for a variety of Business Awards ceremonies. He also hosted the hospitality suite at Silverstone for the 2013 Grand Prix.
Simon is a lifelong Norwich City fan and despite not getting on the pitch ‘Delia-style’ to rev up the crowd, he is very much involved with the club as an Ambassador for the club’s Community Sports Foundation and Vice President of the Norwich City Supporters Trust.
In footballing terms Simon’s age would put him comfortably in the ‘veteran’ category, but three London Marathons, numerous half marathons and now thoughts of a triathlon at some point are enough evidence of a man attempting to operate below his years. He is also a keen scuba diver and lists the Blue Hole in Belize as his diving highlight and cave diving in Wales as the one he wouldn’t want to repeat!
Away from work Simon’s main ambition is to get his pilots license, but this glamorous image is balanced by listing gardening and photography as his other hobbies. He also continues a long-term involvement with a charity he once worked for, the ‘Oasis Trust’.
Simon lives in Caversham, Berkshire with his wife Gemma and son Ethan.
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