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SBD Global/August 28, 2012/Media
ABC Broadcaster Stephanie Brantz Talks London Paralympics
Published August 28, 2012
Q: What does the Paralympics mean to you?
Brantz: The theme for the Australian Paralympic Team has been "Inspire," and that's what springs to mind when I think of the Paralympic Games. Men and women (and children, to be fair - our youngest athlete is 13 years old), who have overcome enormous hurdles and in some cases life-changing accidents to not only cope with whatever life throws at them, but also excel and impress in their chosen sport.
Q: What will your role be?
Brandtz: I will be hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies with Adam Hills and Beijing triple Gold Medalist Heath Francis.
Q: What is your favorite event?
Brantz: In the past I have said wheelchair rugby - formerly known as Murderball - but I'm very much looking forward to seeing the Australian goalball team take the court for the first time at a Paralympics since 2000.
Q: You will be hosting the Opening Ceremony with Adam Hills. Are you the "straight girl?" What is the key to narrating all the action without being annoying?
Brantz: I think I have been hired as the straight chick! But working with Adam should be great fun and we'll enjoy, hopefully, enhancing the viewing experience for everyone back in Australia. The lessons I am taking from the feedback of the "warm-up opening ceremony" is that less is more; if you have nothing to say, then don't. And at no time should one read from the written brief supplied. I hope in the excitement I'll remember at least one of those points.
Q: Is there enough women's sport on TV?
Brantz: There is never enough women's sport on TV. I hope that this summer, all the women's sport fans tune in for our coverage of the football, basketball, golf, cricket and hockey so we can prove the demand is there.
Q: What can viewers expect from the ABC's coverage this time?
Brantz: Hopefully many, many Gold Medal ceremonies, but let's not speculate on that - we've seen how it can backfire. We will have over 100 hours of coverage and highlights, with a different feel between each program (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/27).