Australia Day

26 January 2015

87 days to go

Peter Wilkins

Peter is the definitive all-rounder in sports broadcasting terms with an unbridled passion which is reflected in many of his commentaries across the years. He has predominantly worked for the national broadcaster for the last 32 years as a presenter, commentator and reporter in both television and radio. In December 2012, "Wilko' received the prestigious Australia Sports Commission's 'Lifetime Achievement Award" for services to sporting journalism.

Peter hosted two world cup soccer finals for ABC TV in the 80's, was ABC’s chief rugby league commentator for 9 years in the 90's and represented ABC radio as a commentator at the Sydney Olympics. He describes the radio broadcast of the Socceroos qualification for the 2006 World Cup as a ‘career highlight’.

‘Wilko’ was part of the ABC’s flagship sports/entertainment program called ‘The Fat”, and he was nominated for ‘best new talent’ at the Logies. He’s also been the national sports face of the 7pm news bulletin and made contributions to the ABC’S current affairs benchmarks, the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Peter is also a regular columnist for the Illawarra Mercury newspaper.

Peter has commentated innumerable sports across his career including cricket, tennis, golf, soccer, rugby league, rugby union and hockey. He was a regular member of ABCTV’s Hopman Cup tennis coverage for eight years.

‘Wilko’ has been to four Paralympic games.” He commentated on cycling and wheelchair rugby for ABC TV’s much heralded coverage of the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and in London 2012 and has represented the ABC on several Kangaroo rugby league tours of England and France as well the World Cup Soccer tournaments in Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. He also commentated Australia’s historic Asian Cup women’s football triumph for ABCTV in 2010.

In 2008 Peter published his first book entitled “Don’t Rock the Boat” - the inside story of the Australian women’s eight at the Athens Olympics and its emotional postscript.

Peter subsequently won a Walkley award for journalistic excellence for ABC TV’s

Australian Story based on the book. The program also collected an Australian Sports Commission award. Peter also received a high commendation at the same 2008 awards for his “Contribution to Australian Sport by an Individual”. In 1985 Peter won the Sydney Turf club award for best story on the Golden Slipper The prize…Two weeks in the United States visiting the Kentucky Derby.

Peter currently presents 'Grandstand'' on ABC TV News24 and is chief commentator for the W-League women’s football for ABCTV Sport.

Peter is married to Susie and has two children, Billy and Jacqueline. He loves golf, the guitar and surfing when the mood arises.