About Us

 

PETER THOMSON has worked as a sports writer/sub-editor on newspapers in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom – including The Evening Post, Wellington, The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, The Star, Johannesburg, and The Daily Telegraph, London. He is the creator of Sportsword, Australia’s longest-running newspaper sports crossword (first published 1983), which currently appears in Brisbane’s Sunday Mail.

 

DAVID WHITE is a former senior sub-editor/sports writer for The Courier-Mail and Northern Territory News. A self-confessed sports nut who has hosted his own radio show in Alice Springs and Darwin, he spent the bulk of his early career working for regional newspapers in Muswellbrook, Dubbo, Griffith and Alice Springs. His tipping feats across all codes at The Courier-Mail, while producing its football liftout, are legendary.

 

HISTORY

A tattered 1980 English club rugby match program represents the unlikely inspiration behind Sportsword.

The match, as Sportsword creator Peter Thomson recalls, was a John Player Cup tie between Gloucester and London club Rosslyn Park, at Gloucester’s Kingsholm ground.

For the NZ-born, Queensland-based journalist, then working as a sports writer/sub-editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, the event marked something of an epiphany — thanks to the unnamed contributor whose rugby crossword graced a page of that Gloucester match program.

“I’d always enjoyed having a crack at sports crosswords, without ever giving much thought to how they came together or whether I might be capable of compiling them myself,’’ Peter says.

“But seeing the crossword in that Gloucester rugby program really fired my imagination and somehow convinced me to pursue the possibilities when I eventually returned from the UK.”

Peter has also compiled sport-specific crosswords (cricket, rugby union, rugby league, horse racing and motor racing) for various publications; self-published a book of sports crosswords; and produced sports crosswords on beer coasters.