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Best presenter you’ve ever seen:
There are so many, but I still remember the cricket commentary from Richie Benaud. It was his pronunciation, his absolute enthusiasm and love of the game that I remember as a kid and wanting to watch cricket growing up just to listen to him – oh and the Twelfth Man spoof made it even better! I also love Claire Balding – who doesn’t!
Best sports marketing campaign (that wasn’t yours):
I love This Girl Can.... Right message, right tone, right time – nailed it!
Best agency (that isn’t yours):
Ohhh this may cause some controversy given the agencies I am working with now (I love you) but I loved what Fifty Digital did during the RWC2019 in Japan, the social content was brilliant!
Best young industry talent:
Of course I would say this but my team has some pretty impressive young industry talent!
Best sporting event attended:
London 2012 Paralympics (the Channel 4 Superhumans campaign was also epic). Being in the stadium when Jonny Peacock, Dave Weir and Hannah Cockcroft won GOLD was amazing and so inspirational, first time I’ve ever supported a British squad (I’m Australian – so don’t tell anyone, they may not let me back in!)
Best sporting event on TV:
State of Origin in Australia or (State v State, QLD v NSW or Maroons v Blues or Toads v Cockroaches) – you can feel the rivalry in your living room, it’s electric!
Best brand ambassador:
Has to be Rodger Federer both for any brand he represents and for the brand of Tennis itself
Best industry event or conference:
Haven’t been to any in a while but I was looking forward to the Youth Marketing Conference. Hopefully we’ll get to attend at some point!
Best film containing a scene depicting the sports business:
The Blind Side
Best book recommendation:
Eat, Sweat, Play by Anna Kessel (I also like the Eat, Love, Pray version as well)
Best bar or pub:
I can’t remember it’s been so long.... But I do love the Bishop on the Bridge in Winchester – Terrace, River, Sunshine (occasionally) and the best beef burger I have ever tasted – BLISS!
Best holiday resort:
Anywhere they serve you cocktails directly to your sun lounger
Best box set:
House of Cards – we binged watched 6 seasons through lockdown. I don’t advocate killing people to get to the top but wow the drive and determination to succeed despite the moral cost – was grimly impressive!
Best influence on your career:
The decision to move to the UK – it completely changed the course of my life for the better!
Best dinner companions (min 4, max 6):
Amal Clooney, David Attenborough, Michelle Obama, Jacinda Ardern, Roger Federer and Ash Barty
Best job in the sports biz:
Mine, no mine is good, but I think being a ball person in whichever sport would be pretty awesome!
Best professional regret:
Not accepting a Communications job to work on the Sydney 2000 Olympics
Best skill you most covet:
Ability to talk to anyone and network effectively
Best trait you admire in others:
Honest, genuine authenticity
Best overrated virtue:
Generosity – if you are the one always giving!
Continue to work on major sporting events, continually learning from new cultures and living half time on the Gold Coast and half time in the UK – endless summer! I’d also love to combine my interest in the environment with my love of sport....