Elizabeth Rancourt has been hosting the National Hockey League (LNH) matches at TVA Sports since last week, with her colleagues Louis Jean and Michel Godbout. Rare woman to obtain this title, the communicator works to undo prejudices, one by one. Because there are still …
She candidly admits: again in 2021, she and her fellow sports journalists occasionally receive comments like “Go back to your cauldrons” if they have the misfortune to stammer at the bend of a sentence.
However, Elizabeth Rancourt knows her figures, just like Chantal Machabée – her good friend – and other comrades who paved the way for her. Fortunately, she adds, the majority are respectful.
“More and more, and it’s really ‘fun’, people are writing to me that it feels good to see a woman cover hockey, that it’s refreshing, that they want more. But there are still some who tell me to go to my kitchen and let the hockey play … Same thing for clothing; I am asked why I wear dresses. The slightest matter, we are told. This is the reality of 2021 and of social networks; people think they can say anything, and that we will not read it and that it will not affect us, ”Elizabeth Rancourt confides in an interview.
On his X
She prefers to laugh about it. His pride takes precedence over backbiting. Because it is a small glass ceiling that Elizabeth Rancourt smashes today at TVA Sports, few women having hosted NHL games on French television.
An offer that was timely, 10 years after joining TVA Sports and at the end of her recent maternity leave, from which she returned on October 4.
“It’s a good ‘timing’ for me to do this. A few years ago, I don’t know if I would have accepted. I would have been less comfortable. To go on the field, in other arenas, to cover the Canadian, to speak with the “coaches” and the players, as I did in the last years (since 2014, Editor’s note), it gives a good experience. Now that I find myself in the studio, it gives me a confidence in myself and in my means, which I would not have had before. Today, I feel on my X, ”says Elizabeth.
“It’s a great mark of confidence,” she adds. I often watch Louis Jean at the animation, and he’s my idol. This man is perfect. I don’t know anyone who switches from French to English so easily. I don’t compare myself to him, but it was a nice pat on the back. ”
Elizabeth’s dad, criminal lawyer Jean-Pierre Rancourt, played hockey in his youth and could have made a career out of it. At the Rancourts, the Saturday night Canadiens games have always been a religion. So much so that Elizabeth found it a bit surreal to step foot in the locker room and chat with players and coaches when she was assigned to cover CH six years ago.
Working at TVA Sports since the channel’s launch in 2011, the journalist had until then followed the Impact (now Club de Foot Montréal) on the road. She, who knew nothing about soccer when she first started out, ended up becoming an expert in the sport when she left it.
Previously, the McGill management graduate had worked for a year at TQS (later V, then Noovo) before joining the Argent chain, which Quebecor abolished in 2016.
The desire to abandon business in favor of the media came to Élizabeth Rancourt by following her father to the television studios, where he gave numerous interviews in Estrie as part of his profession. She has never regretted her choice.
And, if she is currently in “shared custody” between TVA Sports and the information service (we see her on LCN and “Salut Bonjour Week-end”), she does not hesitate to proclaim loud and clear that her heart is to sports.
“It’s not even a question!”, Jokes the young mother of scraps of 4 years and 13 months, who currently reconciles her schedules early in the morning and late in the evening, week and weekend, and who knows a ray on the mental load.
“Recently, I told myself that I was going to need a bigger agenda! I am a very disciplined person, I write down all my commitments, and I cook a lot. But now, it becomes a little more difficult! “