EMOTIONAL TIES: Sports presenter Suzi Perry shares her favourite things

Seventies sounds, a dainty doll and the cat who thinks he’s a canine are just a few of sports presenter Suzi Perry’s favourite things.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day
Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

For me, this is the greatest piece of jewellery you can have. My all-access MotoGP pass allows me to go wherever I want during a motorcycle grand prix and gives me a year’s worth of thrills and entertainment watching the racing – and it pays my bills. I keep all my old passes.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

Guitarist and singer Mel Galley – who was in the rock band Trapeze and then went on to join Whitesnake – was my godfather. He’s one of my heroes but is, sadly, no longer with us. I wear this T-shirt when I am exercising and I feel as though Mel is with me in spirit.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

The first time I went to Glastonbury was in 2016 with my husband Bas [businessman Bastien Boosten] and two friends. We stopped at a Mulberry outlet shop nearby and Bas bought me this cute bag as a late birthday present. I call it my festival bag.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

I was a mascot for dad’s works football team, Astra. he is third from right at the back and I’m in the centre of the front row looking like a boy. Aged ten, I’d wash their football strips for £5. It was a disgusting job, but my love of football comes from those years.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

I did ballet from the ages of ten to 12 and it was the first time I experienced physical pain from an activity that was supposed to be graceful and fun. I thought I’d be good at it as I was so sporty – but I wasn’t. It made me realise that sometimes you need to move on from things that don’t work.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

My brother Stuart gave me Abba’s Greatest Hits when I was five. I was their biggest fan and saw them play in 1979. We are both huge Wolverhampton Wanderers fans and when Frida wore their football top at the gig, my brother suddenly thought they were cool.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

In the 70’s, my dad Tony was managing the rock band trapeze and would bring us gifts when he came back from touring. This doll came from Texas. At the time – in 1973 – I had never seen one like it. She was so beautiful and feminine.

Suzi Perry
Gemma Day

Gingi arrived as a stray ten years ago and I adopted him. He is about 15 now. He’s like a dog – when he was younger I’d take him for walks in the fields; he would follow me without a lead. He’s been through a lot with me.

Suzi Perry presents MotoGP coverage on BT Sport

Interview: Victoria Woodhall