- a woman who knows her
Date: 16 June 2009
The 'gutsy broad' who became the ABC's first full-time female sports broadcaster will visit Maitland on Friday 19 June as a guest presenter in the popular Look Who's Talking programme.
Regarded as a trailblazer for women, Debbie Spillane was running a record shop and singing in a band when she was hired in 1983 as a rookie sports reporter at 2GB.
Best known both as sideline reporter on ABC-TV's rugby league and for her
role as Sportsbitch in the iconic Live and Sweaty, Spillane
is also well known as a former Triple J personality and media manager for the Bulldogs
book, Where Do You Think You're Goin' Lady, Spillane
shares an extraordinary range of incredible sporting moments.
With funny and fascinating tales of sports media, athletes and officials, she
takes us behind the scenes at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, and into individual sports, including athletics, basketball, cricket and rugby league.
is a woman who is passionate about sport", said City Librarian, Keryl Collard
has conveyed her
passion to avid listeners and viewers for over 20 years.
We are very excited to bring her
to Maitland, where she
has many local fans."
grew up in a family where sport was king - from babyhood she
father to their weekly religious attendance of the rugby league match of the day at the Sydney Cricket Ground, by primary school she
was sharing her
grandfather's obsession with horseracing, and in high school she
became a qualified cricket umpire and acquired a rugby league coaching certificate.
She has also worked as a sports columnist and currently works on ABC NewsRadio as a sport and occasional news presenter.
is presented by Maitland City Library
will appear Friday 19 June at the Belmore Hotel.