‘Gold, gold, gold’ – sports broadcaster Norman May dies

Well known former ABC Sports Broadcaster Norman May has died, aged 88.

Most of us remember his gold medal call of Australia’s men’s 4×100 metres medley relay team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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!”


The ABC reported May started out as an insurance clerk before he got his big break in 1957.

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.