Sheffield student’s dreams of Olympic glory

High hopes: Ben Snowball hopes to commentate at the Olympic Stadium.
High hopes: Ben Snowball hopes to commentate at the Olympic Stadium.
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IMAGINE hearing your voice booming through the Olympic Stadium - heard by thousands of spectators.

For budding sports commentator Ben Snowball - who dreams of a career narrating the battles for sporting victory watched by millions - that could become a reality today.

Ben is in the final three people in a competition where the prize is to commentate live for crowds at the London stadium during the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships, which will be staged ahead of the London 2012 Olympics to test procedures at the stadium.

After coaching from renowned sports broadcaster John Inverdale, Ben hopes he could triumph.

The 22-year-old journalism masters student said: “It would be incredible to win,

“I have worked towards this all my life.

“I’ve done radio shows and always wanted to spread my words to the nation.

“I’m excited. Hopefully it could be a springboard to other things.

“Eventually I would like to do sports commentary, maybe work on Match of the Day.”

To get this far in the Become the Commentator contest Ben, who lives on Oakholme Road, Sheffield, first submitted a 90-second clip of him in action on You Tube.

He travelled to London last night and, as well as fighting for the chance to speak in front of 40,000 people, he will also compete in the Evening of Athletics and Entertainment.

Keen runner Ben is taking part in the 3,000m steeplechase, as well as in the commentating contest.

He said: “It has always been my dream since I was a little child to commentate.”

The contest was run with the National Union of Students, which is supporting Universities Week.

John Inverdale, president of British Universities Colleges and Sport, said, “For budding reporters and sporting enthusiasts alike, Become the Commentator is a unique and wonderful opportunity.

“The entries were all of high quality and I am looking forward to seeing the competition heat up.”