TVNZ names Commonwealth Games team


The ONE News team heading over to Glasgow to cover the 2014 Commonwealth Games is ready to go, and will be bringing viewers all the best of the action every day. Presenter Peter Williams is joined by an expert reporting team; Jessica Mutch, Paul Hobbs, Abby Scott and Kimberlee Downs.

This is New Zealand’s 20th appearance at the Commonwealth Games, and with 233 athletes competing across 17 sports, ONE News will keep viewers ahead of the play. Our team will deliver reports on every news platform, on-air and at Starting the day with Breakfast, our team will be live on the ground. The big stories and interviews of the day will feature on 6pm, and later on Tonight we’re there as the next day’s events get started.

The whole ONE News team, reporters alongside our excellent camera crews, are excited to arrive in Glasgow and support New Zealand’s top athletes.

Peter Williams has years of experience reporting from international sporting events. He says, “The Commonwealth Games have always been close to my heart, mainly because the 1974 games in Christchurch inspired me to follow a career in this field. The first Games I worked at were in Brisbane in 1982. I was a track cycling commentator and called a New Zealand gold medal the first night through Craig Adair. You don’t forget moments like that.

“It’s a real pleasure to be involved again. We look forward to Valerie, the All Black Sevens, the Silver Ferns and Tom Walsh leading the way for NZ – but new kiwi sporting heroes will emerge in the next two weeks as well, and we’ll be telling everybody about them on One News.”

Europe Correspondent Jessica Mutch is based in London, and has kept a close eye on the build up to the Games. She says, “The Commonwealth Games are not just about the top athletes coming together to battle it out, it’s also about being there to be part of history. I’m really looking forward to covering the opening and closing ceremonies where Glasgow is promising to put on an extravaganza.”

Abby Scott says she’s dreamed of covering a major sporting event for a long time. She explains, “The thing I love most about sport is the drama – and these Commonwealth Games promise plenty. I can’t wait to see if our swimming team can win gold for the first time since Melbourne, or if the likes of young diver Liam Stone and breakthrough shot-putter Tom Walsh can finish on the podium.

“In my day-to-day work as a sports reporter I often watch our athletes doing the hard yards in training so it’ll be nice to see it all pay off with the nation watching.”

Paul Hobbs reported on the Track Cycling World Champs in 2010 and 2011 as ONE News’ Europe Correspondent, and can’t wait to see our cyclists in top form. He says, “I remember how fantastic our young New Zealand team was. A great group of guys, and they were full of potential so I just can’t wait to see them perform again now they’re at World Champ level. They’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

Kimberlee Downs says one of her favourite Commonwealth Games memories is watching the Silver Ferns clinch gold in double overtime in Delhi; “The drama was incredible – my nerves were shot afterwards. So imagine my excitement at being able to cover the team as they go for a third consecutive gold. Not to jinx it, but their probable final re-match against Australia should be an absolute cracker.”

Downs adds, “We have such a talented and passionate team covering the Games, it’s a privilege to be a part of it. I think I speak for all of us when I say I can’t wait to get to Glasgow and get stuck in!”

Tune in to ONE News for the latest Games updates and results, as well as all the excitement and drama straight from Glasgow, from 23 July to 3 August on TV ONE.

Our team will also be sharing their amazing experiences throughout the Games via Twitter. Follow them here:

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