Breakfast radio

For the past few months I’ve been getting up early to talk sport on Radio National’s breakfast programme.

It’s not a permanent gig – I’ve been subbing in for their normal sports guru Warwick Hadfield, who is away on an extended break – but it’s been an interesting period to be covering sport.

Over the past month the Women’s Football World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon have all provided plenty of storylines.

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The big freeze

It’s not often that you get to see world class sport mixed with daily political intrigue – but that’s what seems to be served up each day at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

I am covering the event here in South Korea until February 25 for dpa and so far it really feels like the world’s eyes are watching the daily events here in South Korea. Many of the athletes have already sensed this too, I think. Continue reading

F1 season opener

These last few days I have been reporting for dpa at the first race of the new Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

What an experience. The glamour, the technology, the extravagance and THE NOISE … it is one heady cocktail.

Each day brings a new story. Today, German driver Pascal Wehrlein has withdrawn from the race, just ahead of the third practice session and qualifying, which won’t help his Sauber team in their preparations. Continue reading

Sports presenting on ABC TV

Since February I have been presenting sports on ABC News 24, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s round-the-clock TV news channel. The work is pretty full on – and on any given Saturday afternoon it can involve reporting on four different versions of “football” as well as coverage of sports as diverse as netball, surfing and V8 motorcars.

How do you win the Coleman Medal in the AFL? Where is The NRL Bunker located? And, what’s the original name for 1300 Smiles Stadium? I now know the answers to these very specific questions and more… even if you don’t want to know 😉 Continue reading

Review: Death of a Gentleman

After the success and positive feedback of my last review, which looked at the quirky cricket book “The Grade Cricketer”, it seems high time that I have a closer look at another cultural cricket offering out this month.

“Death of a Gentleman” is a documentary film from cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber and has been highly anticipated in the cricketing world for years. Now showing regularly in the UK, the film is set to come out on DVD soon in Australia – and it’s sure to be already turning heads amongst the cricket establishment. Continue reading