Phil Gifford

Award winning sports journalist and broadcaster


Phil Gifford, twice New Zealand sports journalist of the year, is the author of Valerie, the keenly anticipated story of double Olympic gold medal winner Valerie Adams.

It will be the fourth book the prolific writer has published recently. The sellout Rugby World Cup book Cup Glory was released three days after the cup final, and in 2012 came Rivals, a look at fierce battles in sport. Making Champion Men is the inspirational story of how former boxer Billy Graham is transforming boys' lives, and, to cap it all, Valerie is the full, astonishingly revealing story of how a 13 year-old barefoot kid from Mangere grew up to rule the world of shot putting.

Valerie is Phil's 19th book. In total his books have sold a quarter of a million copies.

Awarded the 2010 SPARC lifetime achievement award for services to sports journalism, he has reported on every Rugby World Cup since 1987, covered every rugby test in New Zealand since 1977, and reported on rugby in Great Britain, Ireland, France, South Africa, Argentina and Samoa.

He has hosted number one shows at Radio Hauraki in Auckland, and 91ZM and More FM in Christchurch, winning 12 New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards.

He created in print a satirical rugby character, Loosehead Len, a column that ran for 32 years from 1973, and continues to write a weekly column in the Sunday Star-Times.

Phil Gifford is an in demand conference MC and speaker!

Phil's books;

Billy Graham: A Motivational Memoir 
Fats: Peter Fatialofa and the Manu Samoa Story
Grizz, the Legend
Lords of the Game: The Greatest Rugby Matches in the Players' Own Words
Loyal: The Todd Blackadder Story
Mike Brewer: The Authorised Biography
The Passion: The Stories behind 125 Years of Canterbury Rugby
Red & Black 1998: Canterbury Rugby's Big Year
Smokin' Joe
Cadillac Dreams
“What a Ride, Mate”
“Valerie”