Well known former ABC Sports Broadcaster Norman May has died, aged 88.
It went as follows “Fifteen metres from the gold medal for Australia … 10 metres now, Brooks in front. Five metres now, four, three, two, one … Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!”
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The ABC reported May started out as an insurance clerk before he got his big break in 1957.
— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) September 11, 2016
During an interview with George Negus on the ABC in 2004, May recalled “I lived at a place called North Curl Curl in Sydney, which is a beach out from Manly on the south side of Dee Why”.
“And Dick Healy, who later became a member of Parliament, was the state sporting supervisor. He was on a bus one day and I’m travelling to Manly. And he said, ‘What are you doing Saturday fortnight?’
“I said, ‘Nothing’. He said, ‘Come to Dee Why. We’re covering the surf-lifesaving. Will you come and be the expert commentator?’
“I said, ‘You’ve got me.’ And there it was. No experience. And I started from there.”
May was recruited by the ABC as a trainee in 1958. Twenty-five years later, he would be awarded an Order of Australia for services to the media.
Privileged to work with Norman May at Olympic & Comm Games. Generous, brilliant & always entertaining. RIP Nugget. pic.twitter.com/cOLINZj0vc
— Rob Woodhouse (@RobWoodhouseTLA) September 11, 2016