Sarah Owens


Sarah Owens

Current job
Community Projects Coordinator, Lawn Tennis Association, London.

Degree
Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) Graduated – end of 2009.

First job
Sports journalist, WIN TV, Bundaberg.

The story so far
Work experience – and a lot of it – landed me my job at WIN Television straight out of university at the beginning on 2010.

I took on the role of Sports Journalist in the Bundaberg office of the Wide Bay region, and put my passion for sport to good use. Being a split office gave me a lot of opportunity to often also produce news stories, and I was heavily involved in the reporting of the Dr Jayant Patel trial and sentence.

I won the Queensland Multi Media Award for Best TV Sports Story in 2010 before heading north to Rockhampton to make the full-time switch to general news.

A month into my time in the Beef Capital and the natural disaster that was floods ripped through the town. The opportunity giving me the chance to do live crosses overseas and I will always be forever humbled by the people I met during their darkest days.

I won a Queensland Multi Media Award, Best General Story, for a story I did in the small rural town of Theodore during the flood recovery. Being the WIN News capital, I also presented daily news updates for the whole of Queensland.

After six months in Rockhampton I was promoted to the Sunshine Coast newsroom where I covered the council round as well as general news. I was heavily involved in the Daniel Morcombe murder charge, and discovery.

In May 2012 I made the move to London – eager to take on a new challenge and chapter in my life.

I am currently working for the Lawn Tennis Association, in partnership with the Tennis Foundation; the National Governing Body and Leading Charity for British Tennis.

I am coordinating a multi-million dollar Pilot Programme occurring in eight different tennis “laboratories” around Great Britain to see more people playing the game.

I am based at the National Tennis Centre in London but juggle my time travelling throughout England, Scotland and Wales. I am putting my Business degree to work (Public Relations major) whilst also relying on the communication skills I gained in broadcast journalism. It’s a job I never even considered until landing it but proves that you never do know what’s around the corner.

It’s been an epic year to live in London and I’ve done a lot of cheers’ing – the Aussies at the Olympics and Paralympics, Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee, Black Caviar down the home straight at Royal Ascot and of course over beers at the local pub just down the road.

Next stop Wimbledon… where you’ll find me tucking into strawberries and cream, cheering on Andy.