School sixth former Tim McGovern has won BBC Radio Oxford’s, Oxfordshire Young
Sport Reporter competition. Tim, aged 18 from Headington, is a great sports
enthusiast and is interested in a career in sport journalism. Tim is also one
of the School’s up and coming young actors.
Tim said, “Winning
the competition came as a real surprise. I only found out when Radio
Oxford phoned me about five minutes before they wanted me to go on air to
talk about it! There were some very talented entries so it was a great feeling
to have been selected. I really enjoy watching, taking part in and
talking about football and cycling and to get the chance to meet and learn
from people that report and broadcast about these sports is a fantastic
opportunity and will be invaluable in helping me develop as a journalist.”
competition asked contestants in the Year 11-13 category to submit a 60 second
radio report on a sport they were passionate about. Tim chose track cycling and
submitted a piece called "What's gone wrong with British Cycling?"
The BBC Oxford presenter, Jerome Sale, said. “As
one of the judges, I was really taken aback by the standard of the entries.
Winning entries like Tim’s had to fight off serious competition. The breadth of
knowledge and confidence in the reporting was encouraging – and if I am honest
a little concerning – we now have to look over our shoulder as the next
generation are after our jobs!”
prize includes a day’s training with a professional broadcaster as well as the
chance to report or commentate on the Oxfordshire Schools Games later this
year. It caps a good month for Tim who has been given an offer to study drama
and film at Loughborough University next year.