TAMSYN ON TRACK

WHY THIS COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES COM­MEN­TA­TOR IS COUNT­ING MO­MENTS IN­STEAD OF MEDALS

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Tamsyn Lewis Manou re­ally did her home­work ahead of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games. The mother-of-two is a three-time Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list her­self and only re­tired from mid­dle-dis­tance run­ning two years ago.

After call­ing the ac­tion along­side Bruce McA­vaney at the Rio Olympics, she’s back in the hot seat com­men­tat­ing on ath­let­ics for Games broad­caster Chan­nel 7.

She knows bet­ter than any­one how im­por­tant prepa­ra­tion is ahead of a per­for­mance, whether on screen or on the track, at such an elite event.

“I’ve been in prep mode for ages. You have to do so much re­search,” she says.

“When I was run­ning I didn’t pay at­ten­tion to how many track and field events there re­ally are. There are so many ath­letes who de­serve to be re­searched so at the mo­ment I’m do­ing four hours a night. Track and field isn’t on TV a lot in Aus­tralia so my goal is to try to get the pub­lic to know our track and field team.

“They have such great sto­ries to tell and this is their op­por­tu­nity. I feel a big re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Working less than an hour from her home in Bris­bane also has its perks for Tamsyn.

“My son is only just five months old and Iz­abella is three. When I had to leave Iz­abella for Rio I bawled my eyes out,” she says.

“I like know­ing they’re close and that I can still see them. It takes away that added layer of stress.”

She is cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from run­ning to the hur­dles, shot put and dis­cus.

“You have shot put and marathon in the same sport, that’s what I love about ath­let­ics,” she says.

“It’s one of the things that drew me to the sport – the com­plex­i­ties and lay­ers within it. You meet peo­ple from all dif­fer­ent walks of life.”

Rather than fo­cus­ing on the medal count, Tamsyn hopes the Games will be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for younger ath­letes like 17-year-olds Ben­dere Oboya and Ri­ley Day.

“Aus­tralians are always such good sup­port­ers of sport,” she says. “It’s just about the ex­pe­ri­ence for them so they en­joy the jour­ney.

“It’s a real pres­sure-cooker en­vi­ron­ment and you don’t want them to walk away from it men­tally burnt out.

“We’ve got some big ta­lent com­ing through. Come Tokyo 2020 they’re go­ing to be fight­ing for those spots (on the Olympic team).”

The Com­mon­wealth Games con­tin­ues to air daily un­til April 15 on Seven, 7TWO, 7MATE and the 7Com­mGames app

YOU HAVE TO DO SO MUCH RE­SEARCH

Tamsyn Lewis Manou is back in the hot seat com­men­tat­ing on ath­let­ics for Chan­nel 7 at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

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