Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Old Boys Email

Those of you who watched the 1xt XV game verses NBPHS on SKY may have noted that old boy Wiliam Johnston was the comments man on the sideline. Below is a recent email from Willie keeping us up to date with what he is doing - as always we would encourage other old boys to send us similar info.

Since leaving school at the end of 2009, I am now at the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch - studying radio broadcasting. Within the last few months I have been on the Sky TV's Rugby Channel College Rugby coverage as a commentator. A month or so ago, I was the sideline commentator for the coverage of the New Plymouth Boys' High School vs FDMC historical match and since then have been given another opportunity to work as a commentator at the recently played Nelson College vs Timaru Boys' 1st XV game. During both of these games I have been working along side Sky Sport's production people and people like Keith Quinn, Steve Davie, Bull Allen and John McBeth on seperate occasions - interviewing players, commenting during the game and getting to understand how an outside broadcast of sport actually works. 

I have always wanted to be a rugby commentator at some capacity and this and refereeing go hand in hand in terms of understanding the game and commenting as required - this is a very fun and exciting opportunity. This is a step in the right direction in terms of my dream career. I am currently hosting a radio show on Christchurch's The Breeze from 2-6pm on a Sunday afternoon. These opportunities are separate to my degree studies. 

I am continuing my rugby refereeing and looking to be selected in the Southern rep squad for 2011, if all goes well...

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