‘These crowds have been loose’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SALLY COATES sally.coates@news.com.au

SPORT­ING MCs have been the un­sung he­roes of the Com­mon­wealth Games.

They’re the peo­ple who pop up when the ac­tion lulls and it’s their job to keep the mood up and make sure ev­ery­one’s hav­ing a good time even when the ath­letes aren’t do­ing their thing.

Emi Fal­lon from Great Big Events Sport­ing Pre­sen­ta­tion said the over­all goal was to keep up the at­mos­phere and high­light the sport.

“They’re so im­por­tant in terms of both ed­u­cat­ing the crowd and also keep­ing them in­ter­ested,” she said.

“I think the key thing is, we’re try­ing to de­liver an ex­pe­ri­ence for the crowd and some­thing that high­lights the sport.

“We look at per­form­ers that are go­ing to be some­thing au­di­ences haven’t seen be­fore, and helps the au­di­ence feel free to be them­selves. Then when the au­di­ence get into it they en­joy them­selves more.”

MC and Sea FM ra­dio host Dan An­stey has been on duty, host­ing ev­ery­thing from lawn bowls to wrestling.

He knows it’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, but when the crowds are as lively as they have been, it makes his job a lit­tle eas­ier.

“These crowds have been loose, so rowdy,” he said.

“I feel re­ally lucky to be a part of peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ence and I think the in­ter­na­tion­als have brought a great vibe.

“Shout outs to the loud­est shouters: Scot­land, In­dia and es­pe­cially Ja­maica.”

In ad­di­tion to MCs cre­at­ing hype, run­ning com­pe­ti­tions, do­ing in­ter­views and play­ing games with the crowd, there are other ways of keep­ing the au­di­ence en­ter­tained.

“We have a range of dif­fer­ent en­hance­ments, things that the au­di­ences prob­a­bly are fa­mil­iar with like the kiss cam or dif­fer­ent cam­eras to put the au­di­ence in the pic­ture and get them in­volved,” Mrs Fal­lon said.

“We do lit­tle com­pe­ti­tions that in­volve au­di­ence mem­bers. And we’ll have half time per­for­mances.

“It de­pends on the sport, we look to cre­ate an at­mos­phere ap­pro­pri­ate to the sport and the event, and the GC is a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion, peo­ple are there to have fun and we want to echo that in what we do.”

Sea FM ra­dio host Dan An­stey has been fir­ing up the crowds and

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