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Dominic Walker

Associate Director – Strategy

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Best pitch presenter you’ve ever seen:

Kevin Vandrau in sales mode – his record speaks for itself. When it comes to taking the room on a journey, Jos Stokhuyzen (below) is peerless

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Best sports marketing campaign (that wasn’t yours):

Nike, Good v Evil, featuring Cantona, Ronaldo, Maldini et al

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Best agency (that isn’t yours):

I’m always impressed by Matta’s work

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Best young industry talent:

Harriet Young - combines serious smarts with ferocious work-ethic. Bradley Scriven – hungry sales badger.

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Best sporting event attended:

I’ve had the fortune to attend some remarkable events, but I think Super League Grand Final is a bit of a hidden gem. A heady mix of family-friendly football tribalism at Old Trafford.

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Best sporting event on TV:

Ben Stokes (and Jack Leach), Headingley final day, 2019, watched huddled round an iPad at a family BBQ

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Best brand ambassador:

Stan Smith

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Best film containing a scene depicting the sports business:

Concussion for an eye-opener. Icarus for a reality check. TT3d: Closer to the Edge for drama. Blades of Glory for the lols.

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Best book recommendation:

Anything by Michael Lewis. Tom Burgis’ Kleptopia and Catherine Belton’s Putin’s People are absorbing pages turners that take you under the skin of the world we currently live in.

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Best bar or pub:

Best is a strong word, but the Boater in Bath holds many fond memories

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Best restaurant:

I’Brindellone, Florence

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Best holiday resort:

Anywhere with childcare

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Best box set:

The Wire . Set the standard. Yet to be beaten.

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Best influence on your career:

My parents brought me up to do a job you enjoy. So I guess it’s their fault I’m in this industry!

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Best dinner companions (min 4, max 6):

Lance Armstrong, Jonathan Liew, Michael Lewis, Timothy Snyder, Barry Glendenning

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Best job in the sports biz:

Owner of Bath Rugby

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Best professional regret:

Not doing a season or two on the F1 circuit

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Best skill you most covet:

The ability to cook well

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Best trait you admire in others:

Reliability

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Best overrated virtue:

Of the classical seven, it’s hard to argue for chastity

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Best ambition:

Make a difference

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