Vale: Norman May


Legendary broadcaster Norman May, best known for Olympics commentary, has died, aged 88.

He died yesterday morning, according to media reports.

May was recruited by ABC Radio as a trainee in 1958. Twenty-five years later, he would be awarded an Order of Australia for services to the media.

With the introduction of television in 1956, May timed his run well, rising to becoming a household name. He made his Olympic commentary debut for the ABC in 1964.

His gold medal call of Australia’s men’s 4×100 metres medley relay team, with swimmer Neil Brooks, at the 1980 Moscow Olympics would become famous.

“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!”

“The first Olympic broadcast I ever did, the first gold medal I ever did, was Dawn Fraser winning her third,” May said.

“She made history — no other swimmer had ever done this. She won in 1956 in Melbourne, 1960 in Rome, then again in Tokyo.”



May worked full time for the ABC between 1958 and 1984, after which he worked in various media and ambassadorial roles.

He is a member of the Sport of Australia Hall of Fame.

Source: ABC


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