TAMSYN ON TRACK
WHY THIS COMMONWEALTH GAMES COMMENTATOR IS COUNTING MOMENTS INSTEAD OF MEDALS
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.