HB Pre-Games Programming Update

HB Pre-Games Programming Update

HB Pre-Games Programming Update

HB Pre-Games Programming Update

 
Production of the Host Broadcaster pre-Games programming is in full swing.
 
Rights holders will be delivered 20 vignettes and six 30 minutes preview shows in the build-up to the Games.  And with the first delivery due in October, production teams in Australia and the UK have been meeting with athletes and following the stories surrounding the Gold Coast Games.
 
In England, Jonny Brownlee talked through his Commonwealth Games dream.  After taking silver behind his brother Alastair in Glasgow, Jonny is now chasing a gold of his own on the Gold Coast.  NEP caught up with Jonny at his training base at the University of Leeds and his story will be included in October’s vignette release.
 
On the Gold Coast, Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall hosted a feature examining the importance of beach culture to Queensland’s sporting DNA.  Brenden – who is also a volunteer surf lifesaver – spoke to Gold Coast lifeguard and Olympic Games gold medallist Ken Wallace, plus Olympian and Ironman Ky Hurst, about their journey from the beach to the pinnacle of international sport.  And he found out where it all begins – joining in with a ‘Nippers’ session.  ‘Nippers’ is an iconic Australian past-time for youngsters learning beach safety and fitness – but as Brenden found out, it also plays an important role in developing the next generation of elite athletes.
 
In Brisbane, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Maria Tutaia analysed the intense netball rivalry between New Zealand and Australia.  All five netball gold medal matches have been trans-Tasman match-ups – Australia just having the edge with three golds.  Maria wants to square the ledger in what is likely to be her final Games, but is expecting an ever-improving group of nations to test the ANZAC monopoly.
 
One of Maria’s fiercest rivals has also been busy shooting for the pre-Games delivery.  Laura Geitz – herself a two-time netball gold medal winner – is hosting a four-part series revealing her favourite destinations in her beloved Queensland.  Laura kicked the series off with a tour of her home town Brisbane, taking in some sights a little off the beaten track – with son Barney in tow.  The first instalment of “Laura’s Queensland” will be included in the October vignette delivery alongside Brenden Hall’s “Surf to Success”, Jonny Brownlee’s profile and a look at the Gold Coast’s Indigenous history.