About Tim Gavel

Sports commentator with ABC Grandstand for over 30 years Tim Gavel has called a range of sports including NRL, Super Rugby, Wallabies, Rowing World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Socceroos, Matildas, Opals, Boomers, WNBL, NBL, International Netball, Men's and Women's one day international cricket, Big Bash, World Volleyball League for Fox Sports, Rowing World Cup and National Championships for Fox Sports and the 2000 Paralympics.

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Why the feats of the Canberra Raiders in 1989 can be surpassed
Sport
It is no wonder Raiders coach, Ricky Stuart, has urged his current team to channel the performance of the 1989 premiership winning side. They’ve won three titles, but this one was special. 1989 is a season etched in the memories of Raiders supporters ahead of the other two premierships for a number of reasons. The most obvious: It was the...
Will climate change impact our sport schedule in the future?
Sport
The Brumbies had a glimpse of what could be more apparent in the future, when they struggled in 34 degree Celsius temperatures against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane. This is the same temperature, which if reached in Canberra, can force a game of junior cricket to be suspended. That doesn’t take into account the humidity factor, which would be present...
Developing local players is the key to a return to glory days for the Brumbies
Sport
In the months leading up to the establishment of the Brumbies in 1995, ahead of the first season of the Super 12 in 1996, there was a certain amount of angst within the Canberra rugby community about the number of players being signed from outside the ACT. After all, the ACT representative team and the Canberra Kookaburras had been more...
Australian Wakeboard Nationals hits Molonglo River with over 100 competitors
Sport
The ACT Wakeboard Club has stepped up to host the National Titles at short notice, with the Canberra community rallying to ensure the event is a success. The Nationals were originally set down for Perth but when it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen, the ACT offered to host the event. They could offer to the national body the...
Why aren’t there more women coaching professional sporting teams?
Sport
I believe if Bec Goddard was a male sporting coach, she would be knocking back a plethora of offers from rival clubs. Her record in coaching speaks for itself. She coached the Adelaide Crows to the premiership in the inaugural season in the AFLW in 2017, she was assistant coach at the Canberra Demons last year, a season where they...
Life as a Raiders supporter is an emotional roller coaster, but I jump on it every year
Uncategorized
So here we go again: Brimming with optimism after a lengthy off-season filled with talk that the players are fitter than they were this time last season. Another cause for optimism is more about hope than anything else; hope that the side has learned from the pain of last season with three losses by two points or less to start...
Sport almost cost and then saved Mark Whithear’s life
Sport
Canberra businessman, Mark Whithear, believes he has emerged from a 12-month health ordeal as a better person. It’s a fair statement, given the impact of Mark’s time and energy towards helping the youth of Canberra through his role as the initial major sponsor of Menslink, in setting up Surfers Against Suicide, and coaching junior sport. To fully understand where he...
The NRL’s off-season from hell: Does it impact on your support for rugby league?
Opinion
I distinctly remember being involved in a Raiders’ education session over a decade ago with the focus being on respectful behaviour towards women. It involved a rape victim speaking to the players about the devastating impact it had on her life and the life of her family. The players were shocked by the forthright re-telling of the experience and later...
The UC Capitals’ secret weapon: Barb Lodding more than a team manager
Sport
When the UC Capitals team and staff were introduced to the crowd after winning the WNBL title for the eighth time, one of the biggest cheers from the club’s faithful was in response to the announcement of the team manager’s name. The manager’s role usually goes un-noticed despite the countless hours behind the scenes making sure the players only have...
How Bega secured the Raiders NRL trial game: The inside story
Sport
A few years ago the Raiders approached two promising young rugby league players from Wagga Wagga about coming to Canberra to train and play in the junior program. In theory, it should have been a straightforward exercise. It proved to be anything but that. This was due to the NSW Country Rugby League imposing a development fee on the club...
Women’s softball back in the Olympics: What it means for Canberra’s Clare Warwick
Sport
Canberra softball star, Clare Warwick, concedes she wasn’t sure if this moment would ever come around again. After winning a place in the Olympic program in 1996, women’s softball was exiled from the games after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There was speculation at the time that it would have a battle to ever make it back. Clare was a...
Death of a cyclist: Some tolerance please
Opinion
Editors note: Tim Gavel picks up on growing concerns in the Canberra cycling community following the recent death of one of their own. The tragic circumstances Tim outlines follow the death of David Brand last year west of Pambula in a road rage incident. That man pleaded guilty and received a community sentence. In court earlier this month, David's widow...
The Red Robot: Capabilities limited only by your imagination
News
If first impressions are anything to go by, the Red Robot factory in Fyshwick in Canberra has the potential to change the world. This design and manufacturing hub is the virtual meeting point for ideas to meet reality. Nothing, it would appear, is out of the realm of possibility. In practice, this means that designers and innovators come up with...
Why it’s wrong to compare men’s and women’s sport: The case of the UC Caps
Sport
Why is it, when a female sport's star or team does well, a comparison is drawn between how that particular star or team would go against male opponents? Over the past 12 months, there have been numerous attempts by people in the media and through the media to make bold claims about how sportswomen would fare against men. A couple...
Why Christian Lealiifano is grateful for each day
Sport
Interviewing Christian Lealiifano is akin to a journey as far away from football statistics and pre-season predictions as you could possibly get. This is not surprising given his experiences over the past two-and-a-half years. As he prepares for another Super Rugby season with the Brumbies, it comes as no surprise that he takes a holistic approach to football. Thirty-one-year-old Christian...
Canberra figure skater Georgia Tongs inspired and mentored by one of ACT’s greatest
Sport
At the height of her reign as the Australian Ladies Single Champion, Miriam Manzano was one of the biggest names in Canberra sport. These days, the six times national champion is known as Miriam Manzano-Hammond. Her focus is now on developing the next generation of ACT figure skaters. Eighteen-year-old Georgia Tongs is one of her protégés. She wasn’t around when...
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