Johanna Griggs

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Johanna Griggs
Personal information
Birth nameJohanna Leigh Griggs
NationalityAustralian
Born (1973-10-17) 17 October 1973 (age 45)
Harbord, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active1990–present
EmployerSeven Network
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Todd Huggins (since 2006)
Gary Sweet (1994–1997)
Johanna Griggs
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Women's Swimming
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 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.

Griggs has been at the Seven Network since 1993 where she joined Seven Sport, first as a host at the Australian Open. She hosts the network's Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and the Australian Open, as well as being a presenter of their Melbourne Cup coverage. She has been the host of Better Homes and Gardens since 2005 and House Rules since 2013.

Commonwealth Games – swimming career[edit]

Griggs represented Australia at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990—winning a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke event.

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.[1]

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.[1]

Television career[edit]

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.

She appeared as a Swedish tourist in an episode of Home and Away in 1992.[2]

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.

She later joined the Seven Network. From 2001 to 2006, Griggs hosted Australia's longest-running sports program, Sportsworld with Matthew White on Sunday mornings.

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.[3]

In 2005, she replaced Noni Hazlehurst as the primary host of the long-running lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens.

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.[4]

Griggs was critical of organisers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games when the competitors were not included in the closing ceremony.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Griggs, who was previously married to actor Gary Sweet, has two sons.

On 25 November 2006, Griggs married building foreman Todd Huggins in a private ceremony at their home in Collaroy Plateau, Sydney.[6]

In September 2009, Griggs was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University, Sydney.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sunny side up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2010-02-16.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Johanna Griggs". Saxton Speaking Bureau. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
  4. ^ "Johanna Griggs". yahoo.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Clun, Melissa Cunningham, Rachel (16 April 2018). "Griggs hits back at claims Channel Seven knew plan to snub athletes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Griggs marries in secret". The Herald Sun. 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
  7. ^ "Television presenter Johanna Griggs honoured by Macquarie University". 2009. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2009-09-24.

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Preceded by
Noni Hazlehurst
Better Homes And Gardens
Presenter

2005–present
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Alex Cullen
Seven News Sydney
Weekend sports presenter

2009–2010
Succeeded by
Matt Carmichael