Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Favourite Sporting Personalities

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Favourite Sporting Personalities

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EVERY Saturday The Chronicle sport team talks about the big (and not so big) issues in sport. With the tragic passing of Darrell Eastlake this week the team has turned its attention to sporting personalities -- picking out their favourites.

Sean Teuma: Commentator Warren Smith would have to be top of my list.

I've respected Smith's views for a long time.

His ability to analyse the game is second to none, as well as his ability to view the game of rugby league from an impartial standpoint.

In the modern day where shows such as The Footy Show are fast declining, I would love to see him join the likes of Peter Sterling for a panel show.

I'd certainly be tuning in each week.

In terms of a local identity, how could you go past Pop Dickerson.

I had the chance to meet Pop for the first time during the Big Q grand finals last year, and you'd struggle to find a man with more charisma.

The work he has done for basketball in the Toowoomba region over the years has been phenomenal, and to have a figure like this in our own town is a blessing.

Here's hoping he continues his involvement in this year's Big Q season.

Glen McCullough: This is a tough one for me.

As someone who writes about sport for a living I admire so many people in my field, be it print, radio or television.

I confess I do try to take something from as many of them as possible in an endeavour to help me make a better fist of what I do.

I've written here previously about my admiration for golf and cricket writers and the talents of Australian motor racing commentator Neil Crompton.

But does Australian sport have a better friend and professional mouthpiece than Bruce McAvaney?

The bloke has everything.

Most importantly he has a genuine love of each sport he broadcasts and what he might occasionally lack in knowledge on the subject he more than makes up for with tireless homework.

His dedication to research and learning is clearly evident in his commentary and presentation, leaving us all the better educated. …

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