With a family history in the sports industry, with her father working at the Melbourne Football Club during their golden period in the 1950s, Pearce was determined to follow in his footsteps and get involved in sport herself, eventually settling on pursuing a journalism career.
“I always wanted to be in sport somehow, and I thought I was a good writer at school, maybe sports writing might be my go!” she said.
Speaking about how she managed to get a start in the industry when she was just 17, she mused: “Caroline Wilson was the only woman sportswriter in town, so I thought – there’s someone doing it, so it’s not impossible!”
In 1998, Pearce became the lead tennis writer for The Age.
Her best advice to budding journalists hoping to follow in her footsteps?
“Ask advice from people that you respect. The best skill is just talking to people. As someone said to me once: ‘You never get a story sitting at your desk’. You have to get out and about, you have to listen, you have to ask, you have to store things away.”