Graduates return from inaugural European Games in Baku

21 July 2015

Graduates Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer, Ryan Bounagui with John Cullen

Graduates Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer, Ryan Bounagui with John Cullen

GCU graduates Rebecca Tracy, Harmony Maijer and Ryan Bounagui have returned from reporting trackside at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Multimedia Journalism students travelled more than 2500 miles to the Baku European Games, a multi-sport event which included 5400 athletes from 49 Olympic nations, and was organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The opportunity to broadcast from the competition was organised by GCU PhD student John Cullen, who also commentated at the event for BT Sport and ISB.

He said: "It was a pleasure to see how well the students adapted to a very challenging multi-sport environment. They were professional, hardworking and great ambassadors for the University and their programme. Above all, they made a great impression, learned a lot, and made lots of new friends and connections from this career-changing opportunity."

The graduates secured jobs with host broadcasters, International Sport Broadcasting (ISB), and were joined by fourth-year student Catherine Hunter, postgraduate students Jasmine Patel and Derek McLaughlin, who, through John, secured jobs with Great Big Events.

Claire Dean, Lecturer in Broadcast and Online Journalism, said: “Working on the first European Games gave students paid work and the chance to cover a major sporting event, which will help them stand out in a highly competitive industry.”