If there’s something happening with sport in Perth, Duncraig 2009 alumni Ben Cameron will know something about it. The avid sports fan has done what many dream of, turning his love of all things sport into a career, with his commentary heard on several broadcast platforms including ABC Grandstand, as a WAFL commentator on McGuire Media, 6PR SportsToday and Sport FM.
It’s not just his beloved AFL that takes up Ben’s broadcasting time, his musings, commentary and interviews spanning across several sports including baseball, A-League and cricket in his current role as full-time broadcaster for the ABC.
“Also hosting shows such as Sports Talk on the ABC (in the summer) and segments on ABC’s News 24 TV channel and 720 Perth breakfast and drive programs,” Ben said. “Before that I was at 6PR working on the nightly sports show Sportsday.”
After graduation, Ben studied journalism at Curtin University and began working at smaller radio stations commentating sport and hosting shows.
He has since done the hard yards to get to the top with stints at Croc Media, Sportal Australia, Perth Heat and the Subiaco Football Club. He was named Best Emerging Talent by the Cricket and Football Media Guilds in 2013 and 2014 and now he’s working alongside some of the game’s greats, as seen in the pic of Ben with Shane Woewodin, Clint Wheeldon and Mick Malthouse in the commentary box this year, yet he still remains the humble, good bloke remembered by many at St Stephen’s.
“I’ve just been really fortunate to do a job I’m passionate about and cover sport for a living,” Ben said, naming his work on a couple of AFL Grand Final coverages, Brownlow’s and Hall of Fame and other major sporting events as some of his most memorable achievements.
His work has taken him to America three times – “I love my American sport and how they cover it over there”.
“It’s also really difficult to get to Europe in their summer while the footy season is in full swing.”
When Ben isn’t covering sport, his hobbies including “watching and playing whatever sport”.
“I play a bit of golf with Robbie Glendinning another SSS alumni… who is now a professional baseballer in the US, so we golf over summer in his off-season.”
When Ben thinks of his time at St Stephen’s, two main things stand out.
“I think first and foremost, we were pretty well educated at St Stephen’s, giving us a great launch pad for further studies but I think we received a fairly strong values base too,” he said.