|Birth name||Johanna Leigh Griggs|
17 October 1973 |
Harbord, New South Wales
|Years active||1990 – present|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Todd Huggins (since 2006)
Gary Sweet (1994 – 1997)
|Website||Better Homes and Gardens|
|Competitor for Australia|
|Bronze||1990 Auckland||100 m backstroke|
Johanna Leigh Griggs (born 17 October 1973) is an Australian television presenter and a former competitive swimmer. She won a bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and has been the host of Better Homes and Gardens on the Seven Network since 2005.
Commonwealth Games - Swimming career
In winning the 50-metre backstroke race at the Australian Swimming Championships in 1993, Griggs recorded the fastest time in the world (that year) for the event. The day following that swim, she announced her retirement from competitive swimming.
Her career was cut short after a battle with chronic fatigue syndrome that began when she was 17. She had previously attempted a comeback in 1992, however the exertion of that comeback hospitalised her with pleurisy, and ultimately caused her to withdraw from the 1992 Olympic trials.
Griggs was the first guest on the long-running ABC programme Live and Sweaty. As part of the programme, sporting guests were asked to donate various body parts to the "Sporting Hall of Fame". Griggs donated her appendix.
Griggs built a solid career in media, and in the late 1990s was a regular panelist on the Network Ten program Beauty and the Beast. At this time she was also dating rugby league footballer Luke Ricketson.
Griggs hosted several seasons of lifestyle type shows, including Auction Squad and House Calls to the Rescue. She participated in the Australian Open coverage, and was the first Australian woman to solely host an Olympics coverage when she covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
In 2009, after previously acting as a fill-in presenter for Seven News Sydney weekend sports bulletin, she took on the role full-time, replacing Alex Cullen, who moved to the weeknight role. In November 2010, Griggs resigned from Seven News to spend more time with her family.
Griggs covers several sporting events for Seven Sport.
Griggs, who was previously married to actor Gary Sweet, has two sons, Jesse and Joe.
On 25 November 2006, Griggs (then 33) married building foreman Todd Huggins (who was then also 33) in a private ceremony at their home in Collaroy Plateau, Sydney.
In September 2009 Griggs was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University, Sydney.
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- Moran, Jonathon (2 April 2014). "Johanna Griggs did a cameo on Home & Away in 1992: she can swim, but she can’t act". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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- "Johanna Griggs hitched". The Herald Sun. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
- "Television presenter Johanna Griggs honoured by Macquarie University". 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
|Better Homes And Gardens
|Seven News Sydney
Weekend Sports Presenter
2009 - December 2010