Mary Patrux is a renowned French presenter and journalist. Since 2013, she has presented NBA Extra on BeIn Sports and has given her view on various sports events.
Mary Patrux Canton was born in 1979 (age 44 years as of 2022) in Lesquin in the North. Her full name is Mary Patrux Canton (after marriage.) Mary grew up in the suburbs of Lille before moving to Cergy-Pontoise.
She always had a passion for sports and played basketball at the national level while growing up, being recruited at INSEP (the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance) in France. The young woman attended the Catholic University of Paris from 1997 to 1999 and then received a degree in history at the University of the Sorbonne (1999-2002). Mary Patrux – LinkedIn Then she got admission to Notre-Dame De La Compassion secondary school for three years and obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and social sciences.
When she discovered that she would not be able to become a professional basketball player, she completed a substantial number of internships at Ouest-France, BFM Radio, Radio Protestante, RTL, Info sport, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She then attended and graduated from the IPJ (Practical Institute of Journalism) from 2002 to 2004. Mary Patrux – LinkedIn Thereafter, she chose sports journalism as her career path, so she began her journey as a journalist with Eurosport France. She entered the BeIN Sports channel.
- Eye color: Grey
- Hair color: Blonde
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her father was a business proprietor and her mother was an executive secretary.
She also has a younger brother.
Relationships, Spouse, Children
Mary Patrux is married to rugby journalist Olivier Canton. Olivier works for Eurosport.
The couple has a daughter named Louise and a son called Paul.
Childhood, youth, and training
Mary had a family background in sports so it was quite natural that she was inclined towards it too. She acquired her basketball license in Franconville when she was only eight years old. During her youth at INSEP, she was a winger. She was most admired for her shooting ability – she has an admiration for three-point sharpshooters – but she is also known as a grumbler, as evidenced by her competitors who gave her a nickname, “Nellie Oleson”.
2004-2009: Debut at Eurosport
As a second-year journalism school learner, Mary Patrux spent her summer working for Eurosport. Her first assignment was to make up for the Athens Olympics. Besides doing live reporting, she also did commentary, reporting, and set design during particular events. She joined Eurosport the following year.
2009-2012: Presenter for L’Équipe TV
With five years of experience at Eurosport, Mary Patrux joined L’Équipe TV in September 2009 as host of the weekend La Matinale. A little over three months later, Charles Biétry assigned her the responsibility of delivering the Forum l’Équipe. She is also engaged with the show Weekend Live.
2012- Present: Career at BeIn Sports
She got the chance to join BeIn Sports in 2012 when the it was still in its initial stage. As part of creating the show channel, Mary Patrux is implicated in the recruiting circle, the planning procedure, and the identification of show names. Therefore, it took five months after its appearance on the day of its official launch. In her first year, she systematized and hosted the Euro show and Le Grand Stade with Darren Tulett, and then with Marie Portolano in her second year.
In 2013, NBA Extra, a daily news program dealing with the NBA, was assigned to Patrux. In addition to basketball, there are various types of sports that the presenter covers on the air, such as handball with, among others, the world championships, European championships, NHL and LFH trophy presentations, and swimming.
In 2019, Mary Patrux was approached by the sports department of France Télévisions with the aim of replacing Flore Maréchal in order to present Tout le sport, co-host Stade, and become an event commentator, but the transfer did not go through. Thus she remained on BeIn Sports, hosting NBA Extra and major events. She was also designated as an ambassador for Parions the same year.
Facts / Anecdotes
- She adores playing basketball and used to play it since her childhood.
- Her competitors sometimes nickname her “Nellie Oleson” after the unsympathetic, manipulative, and arrogant character from La Petite Maison Sur la prairie in Normandy, where she sometimes plays. She’s the leader of a group that “outsmarted the greats but lost to the last”, which makes acumen since she outwitted the greats “didn’t play for a career, but to find themselves and go at the barbecue after “.
- Her first post on Instagram was on October 19, 2012. It was a picture of herself.