Australian commentator heading to Wales

10:06 AM 15 Aug 2012 NZST
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Respected Australian commentator
Respected Australian commentator - Matt Hill.
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Respected Australian commentator Matt Hill will call at the Tregaron three-day festival in Wales from August 24-26. He will work alongside Darren Owen who has been part of the BBC's Grand National team for the past eight years and is a Tregaron harness racing regular.

Gary Capewell will make up the team. He is also a regular race caller at Tregaron when he is not working on the betting shop circuit.

Hill was born in Melbourne in 1980 and had aspirations to be a race caller from a very young age. He started commentating at low grade country greyhound, trotting and thoroughbred races at the age of 15. When he was 18 he joined the Melbourne radio station, RSN to commentate on greyhound races.

In 2000, Hill won a scholarship to work for Sky Racing and started as a full time caller / presenter (including harness racing) for the channel at 19 years old. Then in June 2009 he replaced the legend of Sydney commentating, Ian Craig as Sydney's leading commentator.

He has commentated at Cheltenham, Epsom and Newbury in England, the Curragh in Ireland as well as in the Czech Republic and Mauritius. He rates his greatest achievement as commentating at the Grand National for BBC Radio Five Live / World Service from 2004 to 2009.

More recently Hill has been working at this year's Olympic Games in London. He worked for the Australian station Radio 2GB commentating on Athletics, Equestrian, Cycling and Diving.

Hill has previously covered two other Olympics. In 2010 he was at the Singapore Youth Olympics and in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, where he was struck down with a life threating illness which was sufficiently severe for doctors to place him in a medically induced coma.

Hill also commentates on Tennis, Short Track Speed Skating and Australian Football. Following a long journey to the UK and Europe covering the Olympics and a trip to the world famous Palio di Siena in Italy he is thrilled to be visiting Tregaron to call at our Festival of Harness Racing.

by Kayleigh EVANS

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