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Become a commentator for the Olympic Games

Posted on 09/03/2012
Universities UK

Students from Royal Holloway, University of London have the opportunity to become the commentator at the Olympic Stadium during a test event.

One lucky student will be invited to commentate on the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships (OAC), as part of the London Prepares Series.

The once in a lifetime opportunity is exclusive to UK higher education students, as part of Universities Week 2012, which takes place from 30 April to 7 May.

The Become the Commentator competition is encouraging all students, whatever their academic pathway, to upload their own 90 second commentary clip reporting a university sporting event to the Universities Week YouTube channel available through the Universities Week website. The judges will be looking for truly inspirational sports reporting, worthy of London’s world-class stadium, which brings to life the event with passion and precision.

On Saturday 5 May 2012, three finalists will compete in the commentary box and get coaching from Britain’s best known sports commentator, John Inverdale before one gets to report to thousands across the stadium.

John Inverdale, sports broadcaster and British Universities Colleges and Sport president, said: “For budding reporters and sporting enthusiasts alike, Become the Commentator is a unique and wonderful opportunity for university students to get involved in a London 2012 test event and Universities Week.

“Universities Week is about celebrating the achievements of students and universities and through the London 2012 Games we see this through our top athletes, world-class research, facilities for students and local communities, Cultural Olympiad projects and the army of volunteers who will make the logistics of the ceremonies and the Games possible. Become the Commentator is just one way that we’re hoping to show how universities contribute to every aspect of UK society.”

Ed Marsh, Vice President of Union Development at National Union of Students (NUS) added: “Become the Commentator at the London 2012 test event is about making sure that you as a student can make the most of the once in a life time opportunity that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games presents. For one lucky winner of the Universities Week Become the Commentator competition, this means speaking to thousands of spectators at the Olympic Stadium during a London 2012 test event; unmissable!”

Entry is now open via and closes 1 April 2012. For more information visit the Universities Week website


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