To exclude, to expel:
The TV presenter, Olympic gold medal winner and mother have spoken out about some of the abuse she received just days after she suffered a miscarriage after saying the shows replay FA Cup should be scrapped
Image: BBC / Guy Levy)
TV presenter Sam Quek is looking forward to welcoming her second child – but has faced cruel ridicule after her previous pregnancy tragically ended.
The 33-year-old, captain and presenter of Question of Sport on BBC1’s Morning Live is 37 weeks pregnant.
Baby is due next month – and firstborn Molly turns a year old on Wednesday.
Life could hardly be happier. But Sam can never forget those who targeted her – one even threatened to stab her – just days after her miscarriage. And the grim experience, she said, has forced her to toughen up.
Sam – who won an Olympic gold medal with the Team GB hockey team in Rio in 2016 – recalls: “I had the craziest things written about me but there was one thing that was really terrible when I presented a football program on Radio 1.
“I said something along the lines of ‘FA Cup replays should be scrapped.’ A lot of people disagree with me and agree. But those who disagreed have been really hard and I’ve had some horrible, horrible things including a death threat.
Get all the latest news delivered to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror newsletter
LORNA ROACH PHOTOGRAPHY)
“There was a post on social media that said ‘When I see Sam Quek on the street, I’ll stab her’.
“But what they didn’t realize was that I had a miscarriage two days before that show and I wasn’t in great shape.
“I go to work because I just want to try and distract myself. I still haven’t really digested the miscarriage. ”
Sam’s heartbreak came when he was 10 weeks pregnant. She said: “I’m really upset but I’m still doing The One Show next week because I don’t want people to think that if you’re being abused you just run away, because that’s not the case.
“Sadly, especially with social media, it is easy for people to point out things they disagree with or that they consider horrible. I had to learn to be tougher and ignore what I read and get goosebumps.
BBC / James Stack)
“It’s not an easy place to get to and it took me years to get there.”
Sam revealed that she was pregnant again last October, seven months after having Molly. And despite having two children just a year apart, she’s going back to work – and will be on screen until birth.
This month she became the permanent presenter of BBC1’s Morning Live alongside Kimberley Walsh, Sara Cox, Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones.
So is she worried about giving birth live on the waves? She said: “I laughed and joked about it with Gethin and a few people on the show and I said, ‘What if my water breaks?’
“We joked that it would make a great TV and at least it would be for sure. But no, I’m not worried. If it happens, so be it – and I can imagine it’s going to be a headline or two!
“I am also looking forward to working with Kym, Kimberley and Sara. We are a close-knit team and have developed great friendships. We have at least 10 kids between us so I’ll know who to turn to for advice.
“Before we know it, we might be spending a day together at Chester Zoo! I will go to work right before the due date because I feel good.
“It depends on the outcome of the birth and when I actually come back.”
Mirror sports columnist Sam also revealed that her husband, Tom Mairs, felt guilty about motherhood just as her career was in full swing.
She added: ‘Molly took 18 months to conceive, so we didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. I got pregnant on my last two birthdays, Christmases and Valentine, and I told Tom I’m having a big birthday next year! But it’s a small price to pay because I love Molly so much – and I know I’ll love this girl, too. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/pregnant-sam-quek-says-toughen-26337292 Pregnant Sam Quek says she had to be 'tougher' after being abused by online trolls