Stephen Gillam

Stephen Gillam

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^ This is me. If you look closely you'll see that the tie has the colours and iconography of the Wellington Phoenix, the local club. Slightly awesome. Slightly tragic.

I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and if you think it's some obscure place in the middle of nowhere, that's because it is.

Sports and writing are my life, so this place seems like a logical destination for someone like me. I have a degree in political "science" (let's be honest, nothing that's almost exclusively opinion should really be a science), and I will be doing a postgraduate degree in journalism next year.

I follow football (soccer) in three countries: my home country New Zealand (pretty terrible league though, if we're being honest), Australia, which has our only professional club, and England, where I'm a die-hard Newcastle United fan despite no connections to the place. Come to think of it, I follow most major sports somehow.

I love the NFL, and the mighty Baltimore Ravens. The game is like a human chess match, but with the pieces actually trying to kill each other, which makes it fun to analyse and try to predict. The Orioles are cool, but my baseball team is officially "anyone but those Yankees."

I'm also a glutton for punishment, which is why I've stuck with the Orlando Magic as an adopted NBA team. Steven Adams is one guy I'm really looking forwards to seeing under the lights.

As a NZer, I also love rugby, league, and get thoroughly depressed by the cricket on a regular basis because we really are that useless. I enjoy other 'kiwi' things too, like cooking hangis and doing hakas.

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  • Aidan Reynolds posted 637 days ago

    Aidan Reynolds

    Thanks for the edits, Stephen. Much appreciated. Good to see you're a Toon fan, as well!

  • Gianni Verschueren posted 644 days ago

    Gianni Verschueren

    Thanks for the edit Stephen! That must have been a typo, as a 4-4-3 would put 12 players on the field...

  • Gianni Verschueren posted 655 days ago

    Gianni Verschueren

    Thanks for the edit and the kind words Stephen!

  • Alec Nathan posted 656 days ago

    Alec Nathan

    Thanks so much for the quick edits and feedback. Much appreciated.

  • Gianni Verschueren posted 656 days ago

    Gianni Verschueren

    I happen to be a surf instructor and about 80% of my surfschool consists of Kiwi's. My best mate grew up at Raglan, and he keeps on bugging me about joining him down there for a winter season.

  • Roberto Alvarez-Galloso posted 662 days ago

    Roberto Alvarez-Galloso

    Thanks Stephen for your input and edit.

  • Gianni Verschueren posted 662 days ago

    Gianni Verschueren

    Thanks for the edit!

  • Michael Cerna posted 664 days ago

    Michael Cerna

    Thanks for the edits, Stephen. Yep, the Catalunya error was just a typo. I'll also leave 'that' out more. ;-) Thanks again!

  • Max Towle posted 664 days ago

    Max Towle

    Cheers for the edits bro, especially from a fellow Kiwi!

  • Jamal Collier posted 664 days ago

    Jamal Collier

    I appreciate the insights and edits, Stephen. I thought that the players' first mentions would bring about links (and be bold as a result) but since they weren't, I went back and made them bold. Thanks!

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