Gordon Bray: December 2005
|Born||23 June 1949|
Brought up in the Sydney suburb of Canada Bay and educated at Homebush Boys High School, Bray was a talented schoolboy rugby union footballer representing NSW Combined High Schools and subsequently Eastern Suburbs. While not pursuing a full-time career in rugby, he subsequently made cameo appearances at several tournaments, including the Ettamogah Pub Sevens competition in Albury, the Hong Kong Tens and the World Classics in Bermuda.
Bray's broadcasting career began in 1969 with ABC Sport in Sydney. He spent 25 years commentating for the ABC in Sydney and Hobart, then 16 months at the Network Ten followed by 16 years at the Seven Network. He has also worked for Fox Sports. Bray has commentated at nine Olympic Games, five Commonwealth Games, and nearly 400 rugby internationals, including all seven Rugby World Cups.
In April 2013, Bray joined Network Ten as its chief rugby commentator, after Ten acquired the rugby free-to-air broadcast rights for three years, starting 2013.
Bray has written six books on rugby, including best sellers 'The Australian Rugby Companion' and 'From the Ruck'.
He is an active public speaker and master of ceremonies and also provides media training and mentoring.
Honours and awards
In the June 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List he was made a Member of the Order of Australia "For service to broadcasting as a sports commentator, to the promotion of Rugby Union football, and to the community".
He is also a past recipient of the prestigious Penguin Award for sports broadcasting.
Bray is an ambassador for Legacy Australia, a charity which supports war widows and their families. Legacy supported Gordon as a child after he lost his parents at an early age.
Bray is married and has a son and a daughter.
He was a Level 2 qualified rugby referee and coach.
- Voice of rugby Gordon Bray joins Ten | The Australian 12 April 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013
- Gordon Bray Australian Sports Medal | It's an Honour. Retrieved 17 April 2013
- Gordon Bray Member of the Order of Australia | It's an Honour. Retrieved 17 April 2013
- Gordon Bray Circuit | street-directory. Retrieved 17 April 2013
- Gordon Bray AM is Parkes Shire's 2012 Australia Day Ambassador | Parkes Shire Council. Retrieved 17 April 2013