Phil Gifford

Phil Gifford
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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 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.

Phil is obviously very passionate about what he has done and is doing, so comes across as very entertaining and therefore was extremely well received. Delegates loved to hear the little anecdotes that he had to tell. He was more than happy to take questions afterwards which meant he was speaking for over an hour much to everyone's delight. Comments were "He was the best speaker we've had." "A very genuine speaker"
Industry Management Systems
Phil prepared an extremely interesting speech. He was well prepared and well organised with a keen sense of humour! Most importantly Phil was happy to spend time with members of the audience after the completion of the formalities, which added a personal touch that many other speakers don't embrace. I would be happy to recommend Phil for any speaking engagements.
Ovation New Zealand
Phil was a fantastic speaker for us to have at our annual conference. He took the time to understand our organisation and tailored his address accordingly. His rugby tales were enjoyed by all. Phil's diversity and willingness to go the extra mile also shone when he interviewed the Prime Minister on stage in a Q&A style following his own address.
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