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Posted on: Thursday, 9 July 2009

Our new Sports Writer, Guy Mortimer

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We are thrilled to announce that sports journalist Guy Mortimer will be contributing to the SA-Venues.com blog, writing a weekly Sports Wrap for us. Guy will be reporting on “the week that was” in South African Sports and advising us all on upcoming sporting events to watch out for.

Guy Mortimer

Guy Mortimer

About Guy:
“I’ve been a sports nut ever since Grade 1 and played, rugby, cricket, soccer, tennis and athletics throughout most of my school career. After school I took up road running and enjoy participating in short distance events of between 5 to 15km.

I’ve loved writing from as far back as I can remember and becoming a freelance sports journalist was a natural progression for me as it combines my two passions, sport and the written word”.

Great to have your voice on our Blog Guy! We look forward to some entertaining Sporting News!

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9 comments about Our new Sports Writer, Guy Mortimer
  1. August 13th, 2009 at 15:20
    Clive says:

    Hi Guy,

    I like your balanced articles. Keep it up

  2. August 20th, 2009 at 17:15
    Guy Mortimer says:

    Thanks Clive.

    It’s no easy task trying to summarise the achievments of our sportsmen and women on a weekly basis as there’s so much to cover, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job so far.

    I’m looking forward to compiling next week’s wrap up. I think we could be in line for a few medals from Berlin if our 800m guys can match Caster’s Semanye’s brilliant performance last night and Khotso Moekoena can produce his usual strong form in the long jump.

    All the best.

    Guy.

  3. September 8th, 2009 at 10:25
    Andre Colling says:

    Hi Guy
    Congrats on the post. I’m interested to know how you got into sports writing. Did you study for it or were you given an opportunity somewhere. I’m interested in sports writing myself and am currently asking around on how best to approach the career!
    Regards
    Andre

  4. September 17th, 2009 at 14:28
    Guy Mortimer says:

    Hi Andre

    I got into freelance sports writing at the age of 26 when I wrote my first article for the Natal Witness in 1999 after telephoning the sports editor and asking him if he needed any freelance contributions.

    I then kept on writing sporadically with very limited success until I had some articles published in the Sunday Tribune in 2008. I was working there at the time as a part-time copy sub-editor in the sports department and I approached the editor about writing for him. He agreed and published some of my articles, which boosted my confidence tremendously as the Sunday Tribune has a fairly large readership.

    I then decided to advertise my freelance writing services on the Internet and I was promptly given the opportunity to write sports articles for SA-Venues.com, which I am thoroughly enjoying.

    My advice to you is to start attending sporting events and reporting on them. Then once you have produced something, phone your local newspaper and magazine editors and ask them if they’d care to have a look at your work. Who knows, they might like your style and ask you to write for them as a freelancer or they might hire you as staff writer. I personally prefer to work as a freelancer rather than to be employed by someone as it suits my personality and my lifestyle better. But just a word of warning, freelancing is not for everyone.

    You have to have your own reliable computer, Internet access and email and lots of determination to succeed. You also have to be a very hard worker and a great planner. I do everything myself (i.e. invoicing, tax, filing, marketing (to a degree), client liaison and a host of other things that a staff writer takes for granted. In a nutshell freelancing is not for lazy, unmotivated people and is a tough life. But I like a challenge and I enjoy what I do so it’s working fairly well for me although, like any career, it does have its downsides. Things you have to consider are not getting paid when you take a vacation, having to provide for your retirement yourself and not having much of a social life as writing, editing (which I also do), sourcing photographs and other related information from the Internet is very time consuming.

    I do have a diploma in journalism and media law, which I studied for from ’97 to ’01 by correspondence, but all that did was confirm that I understood the theory concerning journalism. There was no practical experience involved; I had to obtain that on my own.

    I hope this helps.

    Guy.

  5. November 4th, 2009 at 16:05
    Scott says:

    Well done Guy. Great articles.

  6. November 5th, 2009 at 11:52
    Guy Mortimer says:

    Thanks Scott.

    Which ones did you enjoy in particular?

    Guy.

  7. December 3rd, 2009 at 14:59
    james kojo bawa says:

    am from ghana and a journalist,i like u soooo much.can give me ur number.mine no is +233-246577262

  8. March 16th, 2011 at 11:48
    Monde Mtsi says:

    Hi Guy,

    I wanted to find out where I can get a full calendar listing of all events taking place across the nation for all sports categories.

    Regards,
    Monde

  9. March 17th, 2011 at 13:22
    Guy Mortimer says:

    Hello Monde

    You best bet would be to visit the supersport site.

    The site lists fixtures for the majority of the sporting codes in the country.

    Hope this helps.

    All the best.

    Guy.