The only person to twice win the coveted New Zealand Sports Journalist of the Year award, Phil Gifford is a popular writer, broadcaster and author. The host of Front Row on Radio Sport, he writes a weekly column in the country's highest circulation weekend paper, the Sunday Star Times and is a contributing editor to North & South magazine. A prolific author, he created the satirical rugby character Loosehead Len, protagonist of seven books, in 1973, and recently published a keenly anticipated biography of double Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams, titled Valerie, the definitive, astonishingly revealing story of how a 13 year old barefoot kid from Mangere grew up to rule the world of shot putting, and Phil's 19th book. Other works include the sellout Rugby World Cup book Cup Glory, released three days after the cup final, 2012's Rivals, a look at fierce battles in sport, and Making Champion Men, the inspirational story of how former boxer Billy Graham is transforming boys' lives.
In total his books have sold a quarter of a million copies, with Alex Wyllie biography Grizz, The Legend the biggest-selling New Zealand sports book of the 1990s, selling 30,000 copies.
Awarded the 2010 SPARC Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Sports Journalism, he has reported on every Rugby World Cup since 1987, covered every rugby test in New Zealand since 1977, and reported on rugby in Great Britain, Ireland, France, South Africa, Argentina and Samoa.
He has hosted number one shows at Radio Hauraki in Auckland, and 91ZM and More FM in Christchurch, winning 12 New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards.
Phil Gifford has for many years been an in-demand master of ceremonies and conference speaker, a rare mix of polish, humour and hard-won knowledge from the world of sport.
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