Helen Rollason and Adoption

Helen Rollason, circa 1993


Rollason was trained as a physical education teacher, but after a few years of teaching she began to become involved in volunteer radio broadcasting in Essex. She then presented children's television programs for the BBC before joining the BBC Grandstand sports program as its first woman presenter in 1990. From then until her death she was major television sports broadcaster, and from 1997, when she was diagnosed with advanced, terminal cancer, her progress was followed to make a BBC documentary program, broadcast in October 1998. She was also on the board of directors of the National Coaching Foundation.

She was adopted by two teachers, and the family includes another adopted child. She did not trace her birth family.


Duncan, Andrew. "I Probably Won't Make It, but I'm Going to Enjoy Every Second I Have Left," Radio Times, 24-30 October 1998, pp. 18-20, 22