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Australian sport mourns the passing of two media legends

Norman May
Norman May at the ASC Media Awards in 2003.

12 Sep 2016


Australia’s sports media industry has lost two giants of its profession in the past week with the passing of veteran broadcaster Norman May, aged 88, and journalist Alan Trengove, aged 87.

The Australian Sports Commission paid tribute to the pair, who have both been honoured with lifetime award for contribution to sports journalism at the ASC’s Media Awards – May in 2003 and Trengove in 2005.

May was one of the pioneering voices of sport at the ABC calling his first Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964.

He went to a further 10 Olympic Games and 11 Commonwealth Games in a career which defined the art of Australian sport broadcasting. He also called a variety of sports including cricket, rugby and horse racing.

Both May and Trengove made telling contributions to the love so many Australian developed for sport over the 50 plus years they worked in the media industry.

Trengove worked for a range of media outlets in Australia and overseas reporting on the sporting exploits of some of the world’s most famous athletes.

Alan’s long association and passion for tennis culminated in him co-founding Australian Tennis magazine in 1976.  

He spent 15 years as a member of the International Tennis Federation's Media Commission and was one of the few sports writers to have media accreditation for both the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Both May and Trengove have been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for their contribution to sports media.

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