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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Cold comfort: it’s time a new stadium – and long-suffering fans – became a priority
Canberra Stadium is hard to love, especially in winter, with the structure feeling like a wind tunnel, and more often than not, a wet wind tunnel. Combine the brutally cold wind with rain and the unforgiving concrete cold of the inner bowls, and it's no wonder fans prefer to stay at home and watch the Raiders and Brumbies on television....
Instead of splashing about, how about Canberra develop a swimming pool strategy?
A few years ago there was a proposal to build a major aquatic facility on the foreshore in front of what is now New Acton. It was to be a multi-purpose aquatic complex comprising an indoor 50-metre competition pool complete with enough seating to cater for significant meets, a 25-metre pool and facilities for water polo. I was never sure...
A generation of Canberra kids missing out on vital water safety skills because of COVID-19
Alarm bells have been ringing regarding Canberra kids' swimming skills well before COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdown of ACT swimming pools. I have been advocating for many years for mandatory water safety skills for all primary and secondary school students. It should be part of the curriculum. In saying water safety skills, I am referring to practical training in and...
A stinky problem creating anger in Canberra’s suburbs
There’s plenty to be frustrated about during the COVID-19 lockdown in Canberra. A scan of social media tells you as much. Vaccinations, home schooling, business closures, not being able to see family and friends across the border, no organised sport, no golf, people not wearing masks, people getting too close – it’s all getting too much for many people. Some have...
Should all sports grounds in Canberra be closed when we have substantial rainfall?
A vibrant and somewhat passionate discussion is taking place in the Canberra sporting community in the wake of the constant closure of sports grounds following a winter of rainfall. Many struggle to understand why sports grounds are being closed so regularly because of rain, impacting training and playing. There are many questions constantly arising from these conversations: what is the...
Weekly sports wrap with Tim Gavel at Gungahlin United Football Club
In sport this week - aspiring young Gungahlin United Football Club players Jade Brown and Brigitte Sander are off to the US on scholarships. Canberra's Kelsey Lee Barber is chasing gold in the Olympics javelin final on Friday. The Raiders take on the Dragons on Friday night, the Wallabies go up against the All Blacks on Saturday and Fred Kaihea...
Would Canberra sport survive without social media platforms?
Thirty years ago, if you wanted to find out the scores of Canberra community sports, such as the John I Dent Cup or the ACTAFL, it could be an arduous process. To obtain scores at the time, the options available were to be at the ground watching; or if you couldn’t be there in person, contact somebody who was there,...
A cycling master plan will be good for cyclists, pedestrians and road users
Whenever a story about cycling appears, it activates an avalanche of pent up angst from the wider community. Predominantly it’s anti-cyclists, and their arguments are based on a negative experience or a misconception. The reaction to the story 'Does the cycling community get a fair go in Canberra?' on the need for more facilities illustrated this. If nothing else, it...
Barr commits to a community tennis complex in Gungahlin
Just weeks after the ACT Government announced a partner for an ice sports facility in Tuggeranong, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has promised $8 million to build a community tennis facility in Gungahlin. Mr Barr said he anticipated the new tennis facility at Amaroo would be three years in the making. It’s hard to believe but there are no community tennis...
Former Brumbies winger James Dargaville returns to ACT Premier Rugby
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up scenarios which would have tested even the most imaginative fiction writer. The impact on sport has been well documented but the curveball it presented to former Brumbies winger James Dargaville is worth detailing. Dargaville played more than 30 games for the Brumbies until the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season. He was then...
Meet Jade Brown, the former Gungahlin Bumblebee about to represent Australia
As she prepared for her high school graduation last year, Jade Brown had few hints that the biggest moment in her fledgling football career was about to unfold. Prior to that moment, Jade had been named in the ACT's under-18 Schoolgirl’s Football team for the National Schools titles held in Brisbane last September. This was unexpected: she was just 15...