Phil Gifford has won nine New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards, has twice been judged New Zealand sportswriter of the year, and three times New Zealand sports columnist of the year. He has won two Dulux national print awards for news reporting, in 1976 (on the Captaine Bouganville shipwreck) and 1981 (on the Springbok tour). He continues to write a column in the Sunday Star-Times, as he has for 21 years. He is a weekly member of The Panel on Veitch On Sport on NewstalkZB.
In 2014 he was one of the Fairfax Media team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and in 2015 reported for Fairfax and yahoo.co.uk on the Rugby World Cup.
Phil has worked at every World Cup since 1987. He has been a Television ONE sports newsreader, fronted the shows That’s Fairly Interesting and Don’t Tell Me, was an original panel member on Game Of Two Halves, and won the celebrity version of The Weakest Link. He invented the satirical rugby character Loosehead Len in 1973, and wrote the columns for 32 years. In 2010 he was honoured with the SPARC lifetime achievement award for services to sports journalism. He has written 25 books. His memoir “Loose Amongst The Legends” was named as one of the biographies of the year in the Listener magazine’s 100 best books of 2014.