Speakers Profile - Gordon Bray

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Gordon Bray is one of Australia's leading sports broadcasters and for rugby fans has been the 'Voice of Rugby' in this country for over twenty five years. He called his first rugby Test at a chilly Bordeaux Stadium on the Wallaby tour of France in 1976 and has since broadcast more than 300 rugby internationals including, five Rugby World Cups.

Gordon's passion for sport saw him join the ABC in 1969 as a specialist trainee in the sports department. He has also commentated for the BBC, Network Ten, Fox Sports, HKTVB and Singapore TV before joining the Seven Network 13 years ago.

A versatile broadcaster, Gordon has covered nearly every sport at the highest level of international competition, including seven Olympic Games (Hockeyroos gold medal campaigns 1988 & 2000) and five Commonwealth Games as well as completing six Sydney Hobart yacht races on the official radio relay vessel.

His golf commentary experience spans three Australian TV networks covering the Australasian circuit as well as the 1989 World Cup in Spain for ABC Sport.

He is also the author and editor of several books on rugby, including The Australian Rugby Companion - volumes 1 & 2, The Spirit of Rugby, The Laws of Rugby Explained and From the Ruck.

Gordon has produced and hosted many TV sports specials including the acclaimed Swinging Through Ireland - a golf documentary which was made in conjunction with the Irish Tourist Board. His company Bray Sports Services Pty Ltd also produces corporate videos - most recently featuring Denarau Island Golf and Racquet Club and Bringing the World to Fiji - a program aimed at attracting overseas investors to Fiji, commissioned by The Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau.

His community activities include serving Sydney Legacy over three decades (he is a former junior legatee) as well as performing the role of an Australia Day ambassador. He was an ambassador for the Paris 2012 Olympic bid, a rugby ambassador for Austrade during the 2003 Rugby World Cup and is currently a member of the School Council at Pymble Ladies' College.

Gordon is a past recipient of the Penguin Award, Australia's highest peer award for a sports presenter and in 2001 received a one-off Sydney 2000 Prime Minister's medal for Services to sports broadcasting. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2005 for services to sport, charity and the community.

Gordon's commentary duties at the 2008 Beijing Olympics are Hockey, Football, Shooting and Tae-Kwon-Do.

After nearly 40 years in the media he has also built a reputation as a knowledgeable and entertaining after dinner speaker and a skilled master of ceremonies.