Legendary yachting commentator.
New Zealand’s internationally recognised sports commentator and voice of yachting and the America’s Cup
Peter Montgomery is of that rare breed – a broadcaster who is better known than most of the sportsmen and women whose deeds he describes. Perhaps best known now for those infamous words “The America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s Cup” Peter has the uncanny knack and style of bringing an event that is happening on the other side of the world into your living room! He is stirred by the elements, by the intensity of the competition and he conveys that excitement to his listeners and viewers.
As the voice of New Zealand yachting for over 30 years Peter has covered all the major events including 9 America’s Cups, 7 Olympic Games and all 8 Whitbread/Volvo races. Peter is recognized as an authority on the sport. His skill and commitment have been recognized across the world and he regularly commentates in other countries. As New Zealand yachting has sailed the waves of unprecedented popularity in recent years it has been the distinctive voice and style of Peter that has done more to increase the public perception of yachting in New Zealand than any other individual. When Hollywood first went sailing in a feature length movie, it was Peter Montgomery who was invited to play the commentator in “Wind”. He is also involved in rugby commentating and can be found on the sidelines commenting and interviewing players at all the major rugby fixtures. Peter’s abilities are not just restricted to yachting commentating – he is a successful sports broadcaster who hosts the No 1 rating show ‘SportsWorld’ every Sunday morning on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport, and he has been a longtime member of the radio Rugby Team in Auckland as the sideline eye.
Peter has been honoured with many awards, including:·
Sports Journalist of the Year· Sports Broadcaster of the Year· Communicator of the Year· Yachtsman of the Year – 1990, when the New Zealand Yachting Federation awarded their highest honour – The Bernard Ferguson trophy.· MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours 1995· The prestigious SPARC ‘Lifetime Contribution to Journalism through Sport’ at the New Zealand Sports Journalists Association awards 2003
Peter is also a trustee of the New Zealand International Yachting Trust and is:·
Member of the selection committee of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame· Member of the selection committee Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year Awards· Vice Patron – Ponsonby Cruising Club· Vice Patron - Torbay Sailing Club· Vice Patron – Blind Sailing New Zealand
For an inside comment on yachting, The America’s Cup or sport in general, Peter Montgomery is a must! New Zealand Sailing and Peter Montgomery – one without the other does not sound right. His humorous After Dinner presentations offer a ‘behind the scenes’ look at New Zealand competitive yachting while his observations in strategic planning when conditions are uncertain creates a highly relevant message to all businesses facing the uncharted waters of the nineties.
“Peter is an accomplished speaker able to hold everyone’s attention”.“Peter incorporated our theme beautifully. The audience was captivated”. “Peter gave a very enthusiastic presentation. He had a great response from the audience”.“Peter was very pleasant to deal with, his topic was interesting and the audience enjoyed hearing about what he had to say” Harcourts Group Ltd