Peter Montgomery (broadcaster)
Peter John "PJ" Montgomery, MBE is a New Zealand sports broadcaster. His work has covered many sports, but he is best known as "The Voice of the America's Cup" on New Zealand and International radio and television. He is often remembered for "The America's Cup is now New Zealand's Cup", his summary when New Zealand won their first America's Cup in San Diego in 1995. The line was voted the most memorable sporting commentary moment in history by the Sunday Star Times.
Montgomery was born in Kaitaia, Northland but moved with his family to Dunedin at a young age, where he attended King's High School. He was an Otago junior representative at both sprinting and rugby union. After moving to Auckland in 1965, he became interested in yachting, a sport with which he has become synonymous in New Zealand.
Montgomery has broadcast eleven America's Cup regattas, nine Olympic Games and all eleven Whitbread Round the World/Volvo Ocean Races. He has been regularly invited to commentate at major regattas across the world, including The International Sailing Federation World Championships and key regattas on the World Match Racing Tour, including The Bermuda Gold Cup, The Swedish Match Cup and The Monsoon Cup Malaysia. ISAF also chose him to be the first Host / MC for the World Sailor of The Year and Sailing Hall of Fame ceremonies.
In addition to commentating and reporting on sailing regattas he has also broadcast many other sports including rowing and rugby. He is the "sideline eye" for the Radio Network "Radio Rugby Team" in Auckland, where his Driz-a-Bone raincoat has become as recognised on the sideline as his microphone.
He was chosen to play the America's Cup broadcaster in the 1992 movie Wind to lend authenticity to the racing scenes and is featured in the America's Cup documentary film The Wind Gods. He also performs many public speaking engagements.
Awards and membership
- New Zealand Sports Journalist of the Year
- New Zealand Sports Broadcaster of the Year
- Communicator of the Year
- Yachtsman of the Year – 1990, when the New Zealand Yachting Federation awarded their highest honour – The Bernard Ferguson Trophy.
- MBE in the 1995 Queen's Birthday Honours.
- The prestigious SPARC "Lifetime Contribution to Journalism through Sport" at The New Zealand Sports Journalists Association awards 2003.
Montgomery is a Patron or Vice Patron of several yacht clubs, a trustee of the New Zealand International Yachting Trust and a member of the selection committees for The America's Cup Hall of Fame and The Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year Award. He is a Life Member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Yachting New Zealand, The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and The New Zealand Sports Journalists Association.
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