It’s hard to pin Mia Gordon down to just one area of expertise. Tracing her fast-paced career through sports is an exercise in itself. The gorgeous Thornhill native spent most of her formative years playing professional tennis on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. After an injury sidelined Gordon, though, she took a scholarship at the University of Louisiana where she fell in love with broadcasting.
“Most of my life, I saw myself being a professional tennis player, and that was all I ever dreamed of doing,” says Gordon. “I had this passion for sports, but I also had a huge passion for storytelling and for writing. I decided why not pursue something that could combine both of those? That’s where I came up with the idea of becoming a sports broadcaster.”
Thanks to a roster of on-air work at NBC, TSN, CBC, and Leafs TV, Gordon was more than experienced to step into the role of an anchor at the Sun News Network, broadcasting across Canada, covering elections and high-profile disasters. Soon enough, though, she started to miss her first love.
“When Sun News shut down, it was time for me to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life,” says Gordon. “It was in that moment where I realized that I really missed writing and producing my own sports stories. So, I got back out there.”
Now, Gordon is currently the lead reporter, producer and writer at the National Lacrosse League’s brand new digital TV station. She can also be seen hosting her own show on NLL Productions called The Box where she covers all things lacrosse.
Who is your dream interview?
I would love to interview Wayne Gretzky. I actually got to interview his dad, which was pretty cool, but to be able to sit in a room with such a legend and to interview one of the greatest athletes of all time would be pretty awesome.
What was your favourite class in high school?
Gym. [Laughs.] But okay, if we’re not including that, I really loved science. I wasn’t good at it but I enjoyed it.
What is one sport you refuse to watch?
Until the Rio Summer Olympics, I refused to watch badminton, but then was forced to and it’s actually so exciting! [Laughs.] I was stuck in a room watching all the sports at the Olympics, and we had to report on all the Canadians, so badminton kept coming up, and I’m like “Ugh, I don’t want to have to watch this!” And then after watching one game I realized it’s actually so exciting!
Do you have a favourite athlete of all time?
Serena Williams. Hands down.
What would you say was the last lie you told?
I always lie to my boyfriend about not eating chocolate. I’m addicted to it and he gets mad at me, but I just can’t stop. We’ve been working out together and we’re going to Greece this summer, so we’ve both been trying to eat healthy and get on this health kick. He’s just like, “OK, so that means you have to cut out chocolate.” And I snuck some chocolate milk the other day, and then he found my glass. I tried to lie and say it was just a little bit of chocolate, but it was a lot.
Who would you want to switch lives with for a day?
I would love to switch lives with Erin Andrews. She’s done so much for female sports broadcasters. I’d just love to be able to see what goes into a day of preparing for the stories that she does.
What has been the best pickup line you’ve ever heard?
“Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only ten I see.” Someone actually used that and thought it would work. My favourite is people who are now trying to use LinkedIn as a pickup. I’m on there to connect with professionals, not to try and be picked up!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love to travel. I’ve actually started to do a lot of travel writing because I just love exploring, I think it’s so important to be able to experience different cultures. I’m also addicted to Spokehaüs spinning classes. They’re amazing. They’re so hard. I don’t know why I like torturing myself like that, but they’re really fun. [Laughs.]