Meet's Commonwealth Games team

02:20, Jul 24 2014

Fred Woodcock 

Based in Christchurch, Fred was sports editor at The Press but has recently moved into a national sports role with Fairfax Media and will be co-ordinating our coverage on the ground in Glasgow. He lists covering the 2012 London Olympics and the All Whites at the 2010 football World Cup as two of his career highlights.


Mark Geenty

Mark is the deputy sports editor at The Dominion Post in Wellington and chief cricket writer for Fairfax Media, but before he swings into Cricket World Cup mode, the veteran of three Olympic Games (2004, 2008 and 2012) and two Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) will report from Glasgow with a focus on athletics and sevens.



 Ian Anderson

 Deputy sports editor at the Waikato Times in Hamilton and a vastly experienced sports      journalist, Ian is Fairfax Media's chief rowing writer but will be switching attention from the lake  to the pool for the next fortnight to cover New Zealand's key swimming events in Glasgow, as  well as lawn bowls and squash.


Nathan Burdon

Based in Invercargill, Nathan is sports editor and chief rugby and netball writer at The Southland Times. He now ditches the Highlanders for the Highland Fling and will be covering the Silver Ferns, while putting his track cycling expertise to good use at the velodrome. Nathan covered the 2011 world netball championship in Singapore for Fairfax.


 Matt Richens

 Formerly with the Waikato Times, Matt returned home to Christchurch in 2010 and has since  been the cricket writer at The Press. He is covering his second Commonwealth Games, having  worked at Delhi four years ago, and Matt will be following the fortunes of the men's and  women's Black Sticks as well as our boxers, wrestlers and judoka.



 Lawrence Smith

 Born in the UK, raised in Spain, married to a Kiwi and now based in Auckland, Lawrence learned  his craft at The Sunday Times in London and since moving to these shores has covered two  Olympics, two Commonwealth Games and All Blacks tours for Fairfax.



Rob Kitchin

A Canon award-winning photographer, Rob has been working at Fairfax Media for 20 years and recently switched focus from newspaper photography to videography at, where you'll be able to see his quality work each day during the Games.




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