Jenny-May Clarkson

Jenny-May Clarkson is New Zealand’s golden girl. A former police officer, Jenny-May is best known for being a Silver Fern from 1997 to 2003. Her international netball career led her to netball commentary in 2003 during the Netball World Championships and has since worked as a journalist for TV1 Sport and currently as a presenter on the 1 NEWS sport desk. In addition to her TVNZ 1 sports presenting role, she works as an assistant coach for the Northern Mystics and shares her vast sports experience as a one-on-one life advisory role for young athletes at High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ).

Despite building a successful career it is her personal life that Jenny-May values most. Finding true love later in life and following a whirlwind romance, she married Dean Clarkson in 2015. Shortly after, Jenny-May and Dean were blessed with twin baby boys Atawhai and Te Manahau to complete their family, which also include two stepdaughters.

Despite her celebrity status, Jenny-May has high integrity, maintains a ‘realness’ and stays true to who she – a proud Maori girl who grew up in the King Country. Jenny-May’s links to her Maori heritage remain strong, so much so that she only talks to her sons in Te Reo.

Juggling a successful career and ensuring her family comes first, Jenny-May with a love of animals (she originally have dreams of becoming a vet) still manages to find time to support animal welfare. In her ‘spare’ time, Jenny-May enjoys cross fit, and always up for a challenge, Jenny-May is currently working on conquering her fear of ocean swimming. Extremely social, it comes as no surprise that Jenny-May enjoys spending time entertaining family and friends at home, ideally with a glass of Moet & Chandon in hand!

Available for:

  • Emcee
  • Guest appearances
  • Endorsements where appropriate
  • Voice overs

“We had the pleasure of working with Jenny May Clarkson on two occasions: at the 500 Days to go launch of the World Masters Games at Eden Park to a small audience of media and and corporates, then more recently at the World Masters Games Opening Ceremony to an audience of 20,000+ including the PM, Mayor and other dignitaries. The two events were very different in scale and audience. At both occasions Jenny-May read the audience perfectly. She was friendly, funny and authoritative. Being fluent in Te Reo is such an advantage as she peppers her work with Maori, giving it an authentic New Zealand flavour. Jenny- May takes direction well, and is quite simply a delight to work with.
I can’t recommend Jenny-May strongly enough as an MC for any event.”

Mike Mizrahi | Director, Inside Out Productions