With just over four months to go until the Passion for Sport team travels out to Rio de Janeiro to cover the 2016 Olympic Games we are busy sorting out everything we need for our visit. The main need is for accommodation for the team of five ideally in a central location in order to be where the action is during the games.
We have a local contact based in Rio who is looking into accommodation options for us and he is making good progress with that. Once the location has been sorted the next most important thing is a good internet connection which is essential to deliver our audio content to partner radio stations and to our websites.
The Passion for Sport team of five media professionals consists of:
Norman Brierley, Team leader and journalist
Pedro Arias, journalist and Spanish language reporter
Tom Ellis, journalist and Social Media Manager
Andy Bloss, journalist
Peter Ellis IT Manager and technical support
Most of our team were in Rio de Janeiro for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 so we know the layout of the city and the transport networks. Our aim is to record good quality interviews with Olympic athletes and to report on the many Christian activities that will take place during the Games. Although English is spoken widely across Rio, Norman Brierley speaks Portuguese and this will be a great help.
Our two weekly programmes Planet Sport and Planet Sport Football Africa have a growing following on social media such as Facebook and Twitter and Tom Ellis will be actively working to increase this by posting regular comments and blog posts. Producer Pedro Arias, originally from Colombia, will be producing reports and interview in Spanish for radio audiences in Europe and Central and South America.
You can follow all our activities from our websites and social media. Please pray that we will finalise the practical arrangements soon and that we will be successful in raising the finances needed to fund this project. If you think this is something you’d like to support take a look at our short video for more information.