Ollie WilliamsHello! On this page you’ll find details of my work.

I’m a broadcaster and sportswriter with extensive national network experience, and a one-man video production unit whose work has aired on some of the world’s leading sports TV shows.

I’ve covered Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Glasgow 2014 for BBC Sport. I’ll also be found at the World Equestrian Games later this year.

I follow all Olympic sports, summer and winter, but know my way around most European and North American sports, from Manchester City to the Montgomery Biscuits.

My contact details

I’m ollie@frontiersports.co.uk@OllieW on Twitter and here’s my LinkedIn profile.

What I can offer

If you need a broadcaster or sportswriter to provide engaging and informed sports coverage – in any medium, anywhere in the world (or from home) – I can help. I also provide camerawork and editing support where required and can supply equipment.

You might be a broadcast newsroom, a world governing body or a national federation, looking for help with anything from video production to event guide preparation or in-depth written journalism.

My skills

Live broadcast – TV and radio – including presentation, interviews and play-by-play commentary

Sportswriting which aims to be compelling in subject matter and style (powered by a broad, international contacts book)

Camerawork and editing to national network broadcast standard (see my Vimeo profile for examples of self-shot/edited work)

Tonight at the Games– Thorough understanding of and experience in social media, data journalism and visual journalism

My work at Glasgow 2014

At the Commonwealth Games I reported for Tonight at the Games, the nightly BBC One show hosted by Clare Balding and Mark Chapman. My task: find and interview athletes from all 71 competing teams over a spell of 10 days.

Here’s the final montage plus some photos.

Programme editor Gabrielle Cook; director Pete Andrews; camera producer Tulip Chicoine.

My work at Sochi 2014

 

In Sochi, my work included:

– Nightly live national television (BBC One/BBC Two), Today at the Games with Clare Balding

– Live television mixed-zone interviews, plus reports, features and appearances on BBC Breakfast TV

– Appearances on national BBC Radio 5 live, including live short-track speed skating commentary and live interviews – plus many regional BBC radio two-ways, Radio New Zealand two-ways and US public radio interviews

Bylined reports and features on the BBC Sport website, ranging from the BBC’s 8,000-word day-by-day guide to the Games to instant reports on live events and extensive features with leading athletes. Examples include gay Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi, British ice dancer Nick Buckland, and Canadian speed skaters Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais. There’s a full archive here.

Prior to Sochi 2014, I spent months travelling the world to speak to athletes and cover major events in the build-up. I broke the story – subsequently picked up by news organisations the world over – that concert violinist Vanessa-Mae had qualified for Sochi 2014 as a skier (thanks to @OlympicStatman for his help).

References at the BBC and beyond are available on request. I’m now freelance, having left the corporation after the Sochi Games to relocate for family reasons.


Sports I’ve covered

This list is not exhaustive but, among others:

  • Biathlon – self-shot BBC One feature with British team in Sweden ahead of Sochi 2014
  • Canoeing – several world championships in both slalom and sprint, including shooting, editing and writing the world exclusive story of Kenyan paracanoeist William Araka
  • Cycling – two major TV interviews with Mark Cavendish prior to London 2012 (in Belgium with HTC-Highroad and Qatar with Team Sky), various track cycling world championships including a BBC One feature with Laura Trott in Melbourne, major BMX features with Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips, BBC One feature with downhill rider Rachel Atherton
  • Equestrian – BBC One features with Olympic champion Laura Tomlinson and leading GB eventer Piggy French, annual coverage of the Olympia horse show, Badminton horse trials
  • Fencing – coverage of the 2010 World Championships in Paris and 2011 European Championships in Sheffield
  • Gymnastics – all world championships since 2009 including major TV features with Beth Tweddle, Louis Smith, Daniel Keatings, Rebecca Tunney, Max Whitlock and Irish gymnast Kieran Behan. Live mixed-zone interviews for national TV at the 2013 World Championships, including silver medallist Whitlock and US gymnasts Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney, plus BBC Radio 5 live gymnastics special; broke the story of British rhythmic gymnasts’ appeal against non-selection for London 2012
  • Handball – live TV commentary for a BBC pilot in 2011
  • Hockey – live TV commentary of Champions Trophy matches, reporting for all platforms at the 2013 European Championships as the sole BBC representative in Belgium, BBC One feature with England men’s team
  • Ice hockey – live TV commentary at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, BBC One feature with Taylor Crosby examining the future of women’s hockey, features and reports at Sochi 2014, regional radio commentaries on English Premier League games 2007-2010
  • Modern pentathlon – reporting from the 2012 World Championships in Rome, including my footage of Britain’s Mhairi Spence reacting wildly as she crossed the line to win the world title
  • Shooting – BBC One feature with teenage star Amber Hill as well as several features with Olympic champion Peter Wilson, including the viral story of his detention in Peru on suspicion of whale-hunting
  • Short-track – extensive reporting for TV, radio and web from Olympic qualifying in Turin, plus TV features and live interviews with British team at Sochi 2014 alongside radio commentary
  • Skiing – first BBC TV interview with Chemmy Alcott after she broke her leg in 2010 (Chemmy remembers it fondly); BBC TV features with GB cross-country skiers in Italian Alps and Norway prior to Sochi 2014
  • Ski jump – BBC One and BBC World feature in Lillehammer with Japan’s Sara Takanashi
  • Snowboard – exclusive BBC One and BBC World feature with openly gay Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, filmed in Austria ahead of Sochi 2014
  • Table tennis – BBC One feature with young British prodigy Tin-Tin Ho
  • Triathlon – extensive coverage of World Series races from 2010 onwards, plus several national TV features with Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee, Helen Jenkins and Non Stanford (who – fact – once bled up the side of my hire car)
  • Volleyball – BBC One self-shot/edited feature with GB’s Ciara Michel, pro volleyball player in Italy
  • Water polo – several TV features in the build-up to London 2012, plus this special feature in May 2014

I’ve also served as a senior broadcast journalist for BBC News, covering subjects from G8 summits and teenage homicide to natural disasters and arctic affairs.

After London 2012, I took a nine-month sabbatical to work with aboriginal children and families in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where I now spend a lot of my time (in the city of Yellowknife). More on my other blog. If you need help with broadcasting (presentation, reporting, shooting or fixing) or writing in the Northwest Territories, drop me a line.