Tom Fordyce

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Tom Fordyce has been a BBC Sport Interactive journalist since 2000. He writes text commentaries on cricket and tennis, also writing features on various other sports and blogging from a number of different events.[1]

He started his career as a features writer on Total Sport magazine and as a writer on the Sported magazine. Both magazines are now out of print due to low sales.[2]

During his time studying at Girton College, Cambridge, he notoriously captained the Cricket team and never won a match as captain.

In 2007 he blogged 'my way round the Rugby World Cup in a camper van' with BBC colleague Ben Dirs. He drove 4,500 miles around France whilst producing written and video diaries of the matches and interactions they had during the 44-day tournament.[2]

In 2008 he covered the Beijing Olympics on a number of different sports. Fordyce also acted as ghost writer for the columns of a number of athletes while at the games. He is a fan of French poetry. His contributions for the Olympics also included experiments to observe how well he could run in the Beijing smog, and he also "road tested" the new Speedo swimsuit.[3]

Fordyce competes in many sports, and is a talented amateur triathlete. He won the Upton Classic Triathlon in July 2007.[4]

Fordyce was a nominee for the best online journalist of the year in 2002, but lost out to Dan Milmo of the online Guardian.[5]

In June 2009 Fordyce published his first book entitled We Could Be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships with his BBC colleague Ben Dirs, charting the madcap escapades that resulted from trying to become the world champion in something.[6][7]

He is a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live blogging Big Brother: A new take on journalism or mindless rubbish?". Press Gazette. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Fordyce, Tom (1 March 2008). "About Tom Fordyce". BBC. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  3. ^ Fordyce, Tom (16 October 2008). "Olympics Blog". BBC. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Athlete History for Tom Fordyce". StuWeb. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  5. ^ White, Caroline (2 April 2002). "British broadsheet site scoops more awards". Mousetrap Media Ltd. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  6. ^ We Could Be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships (paperback ed.). Pan Macmillan. 2009. p. 256. ISBN 0230736157. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  7. ^ We Could Be Heroes (Unabridged ed.). Pan Macmillan. 2010. p. 320. ISBN 0330517384. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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