About RiverSmart's Ambassadors
Tim Gavel, well known sports commentator.
Tim Gavel is highly regarded in his role as sports broadcaster with ABC Radio’s Grandstand team. He has provided commentary for basketball (men’s and women’s national competitions), cricket (Sheffield, One dayers, Prime Minister’s Eleven), hockey, rowing, athletics, canoe/ kayaking, rugby league, rugby 7s and rugby union on a national and international level since 1988.
He has been part of the ABC radio team for five Summer Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games, and the Paralympics in Sydney.
Tim has received many awards for his contribution to sport. Most recently he was named ABC Local Radio Sports Broadcaster of the Year. This is the third time that Tim has received this award.
Also this year he was named ACT Local Hero for his contribution to sport and the community.
Tim is an Ambassador for the Heart Foundation to promote the ACT early childhood active play and eating well project, a Board member for the Children’s Physical Activity Foundation and Patron for the Walking School Bus.
Raised on a property in the central west of NSW, Tim believes that contributing to a community helps establish a sense of place with family and friends.
Canberra has been his home for over 20 years and he is keen to see that it remains a great place for his family to live and work.
Tim the Yowie Man, cryptonaturalist (the study of strange or hidden phenomena)
So-named after spotting an unusual creature in Canberra’s Brindabella Mountains in 1994, Tim the Yowie Man is one of Canberra’s leading environmentalists.
Tim uses his moniker of a cryptonaturalist (the study of strange or hidden phenomena) as a vehicle to raise awareness for all sorts of environmental issues – from threatened species to water quality. He hosts numerous public programs aimed at increasing our appreciation of the natural environment for national institutions including the National Museum of Australia and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and in 2008 he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his work in raising awareness of environmental issues, especially to children.
Tim is honoured to be an ambassador for RiverSmart.
“Canberra is blessed with a diverse system of streams, rivers and lakes, which, sadly, too many people take for granted,” says Tim.
“In summer nothing beats jumping on a li-lo and floating down the Murrumbidgee,” says Tim, who, since moving to Canberra to study at the ANU in 1990, has enjoyed many adventures in and around Canberra’s waterways.
“Our lakes are great places to paddle on – especially on a still winter’s morning. You never know, you might even spot the fabled bunyip which was first reported by Europeans in the Molonglo River (the river dammed to form Lake Burley Griffin) in the 1880s,” adds Tim.
But it’s not all a pretty picture, unfortunately many of our local waterways are now seriously degraded– they are polluted, overgrown with weeds and full of feral fish.
“With RiverSmart’s objective to empower river communities to take restorative action by giving them a ‘voice’ in their management, our waterways can be transformed into jewels of the local environment,” exclaims Tim who also sees opportunities for eco-tourism in the lakes and rivers of the Capital Region.
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