Obituary: Norman May

normanmayNorman May, legendary sports commentator for ABC, has died at the age of 88.

May, a keen sports fan, had been working as an insurance clerk when a chance meeting with ABC sporting supervisor Dick Healey in 1957 led to an invitation to call the surf-lifesaving.

From 1958, while television was still new, May officially joined ABC as a trainee. He called various sports for ABC radio and television and covered his first Olympic Games in 1964.

While covering the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games it was May’s enthusiastic call of the 4x100m medley relay that was to become his trademark: “Fifteen metres from the gold medal for Australia … 10 metres now, Brooks in front. Five metres now, four, three, two, one … Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!”

May covered a total of 11 Olympic Games and 11 Commonwealth Games for ABC.

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1983. He officially retired in 1984 but continued to serve in various media and ambassadorial roles.

Source: ABC

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    • Denis O'Dea on 11 September 2016 at 10:51 PM
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    Fantastic clip.

    A generation of Australians grew up with Norman May on the ABC. Norman was had a great knowledge and insight into sport. Along with James Dibble on the ABN2 news coverage in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Norman was the real face of the ABC.

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