About Debbie Spillane
has positioned herself as one of Australia's authorities on sport - any sport, or anything related to sport.
She has also proved that no industry was too hard or too male dominated to crack when she became the first full-time female sports commentator for the ABC in 1984.
debut into the world of media via 2GB's Sports Talent Search.
At the time her
exotic background included being the first woman to umpire men's grade cricket in Sydney, a coaching qualification in Rugby League
and an Arts degree from Sydney University.
has since managed to meander between sport, comedy, music and news on both radio and television.
Highlights of her
media career include: commentator at two Olympic Games
, first woman to call cricket on ABC
Radio, a television sideline reporter on Rugby League
, sports columnist with the Sun Herald
and The Australian, co-host of Triple J radio's Hard Coffee, sports reporter for ABC Television's Live
& Sweaty, winner of two Rawards (Best Sports Reporter on Metropolitan Radio and Best Station Produced Comedy Segment), presenter of Sunday Super League telecasts on ABC television
, a segment on 2GB's Sportsline, broadcaster for ABC Sport, sports reporter/newsreader 2DAY-FM, Rugby League
commentator NEW-FM, breakfast announcer KICK-AM and casual announcer 2BL.
She has also been media manager for the Bulldogs NRL team and the West Sydney Razorbacks National Basketball League team, and once even sat as a board member on the NSW Greyhound Racing Authority.
Sniffing so much liniment so early in her media life resulted in Debbie Spillane finding it difficult to focus on a sensible career path until she joined ABC NewsRadio in early 2002.