Ivan Boyanov: “The pinnacle of any reporter’s career”
Two-time Young Reporter Ivan Boyanov reflects on his experiences at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and how the programme has helped him fulfil his childhood dream of a successful career in sports journalism.
Cub reporter“I have been passionate about sport since I was six years old. While other children liked watching kids’ shows on television, for me it was always all about sport. Football was my first passion, and afterwards I became a fan of winter sports, swimming and athletics. To become a sports journalist was a dream I have had since I was very young.”
Swapping classroom for newsroom“Looking back, you could say I took my first steps into sports journalism while I was playing video games, and I would commentate to myself as the action played out on the screen. When I was at high school, I played a lot of sport and wrote match reports for the school newspaper. After I left school in 2010 aged 18, I applied for internships with various television stations in Bulgaria, and I was lucky enough to be offered a role at TV7. While most of my friends were having parties and travelling around, I was spending more than 12 hours a day in the newsroom. After three months, the station offered me a full-time contract. It was one of the best feelings in my life.”
Special recognition in China“In 2014, I was selected to be part of the IOC’s Young Reporter Programme at the YOG Nanjing 2014, one of 35 reporters from five different continents chosen to participate. My selection was based on what I had already achieved in my career with TV7 and the potential that the Bulgarian National Olympic Committee saw in me. The programme was one of the best things that ever happened to me as a journalist. We had intensive classes and field training in written, photographic, television, radio and new media reporting, as well as guest speakers representing key international media organisations. Our mentors in Nanjing were some of the best people in their field in the world, and at the end of the programme I was named co-winner of the Steve Parry Award for the Best International Olympic Committee Young Reporter. It was a huge honour to receive such an accolade.”
Second Olympic adventure“After Nanjing, 15 of the Young Reporters including me were invited to be part of the programme at the Winter YOG Lillehammer 2016. I was a member of the video team that was mentored by Tracey Holmes, an incredible Australian with an extensive career in television and radio and one of the best journalists I have ever met. During the Games in Norway, we covered a lot of different sports, but our main task was to find inspiring and interesting personal stories from the athletes away from competition. I was lucky enough to interview American Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who won an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, and young American snowboard star Chloe Kim.”
I was named co-winner of the Steve Parry Award for the Best International Olympic Committee Young Reporter. It was a huge honour to receive such an accolade.”Ivan Boyanov Two-time Young Reporter