Johanna Leigh GRIGGS
Born: 17 October 1973Special Achievements:
First woman to break the 30 second mark for 50 m in backstroke.
First woman to sole host an Olympic Games - Channel 7's coverage of the XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
2020 - Awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Australia Day honours, for her significant services community health, to television and to sport.Additional Information:
Bronze medal in 100 m backstroke at 1990 Commonwealth Games.
2009 - Received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Honoris Causa, Macquarie University, New South Wales, for services to swimming, media and charity fundraising.
The following biography was provided by Cameron's Management, 12 March 2021.
This year Johanna continues her role of hosting Better Homes and Gardens for the Seven Network, a role she began in 2005. In 2019 she hosted the seventh series of House Rules and in 2020 will be hosting her 7th Olympic and 2nd Paralympic Games for the Seven Network.
She was thrilled to be the recipient of an AM in this year’s Australia Day honor list for significant service to community health, to television, and to sport.
In 2002, at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics, Johanna became the first female in Australia to solo host a coverage on an Olympic Games when she fronted the Seven Networks coverage of this event. She also hosted the same event solo again in Torino in 2006.
In past years Johanna has hosted the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, And Rio 2016 Olympics, and the Australian Open (for 17years). She was one of the hosts of Networks 7’s coverage Melbourne Racing Carnival when schedules allowed over a period of 15 years. She also presented the Sport News on weekend bulletins on two different occasions, from 1993-1995 and 2009-2010.
In 2018 she was also part of the broadcast team for the Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast.
After taking two years out of television to have her two children, Johanna joined Foxtel in 1999 where she was a regular panelist on Beauty and the Beast which also aired on the Ten Network. She also presented several 'Specials'.
Johanna Griggs returned to the Seven Network in 2001 after successfully co-hosting the Network’s 'Olympic Sunrise' program in 2000. That year she hosted the Adidas International Tennis broadcast, followed immediately by the Australian Open. (A role she hosted for 17 years on two different stints.) Also in 2001 she began hosting the Sunday morning panel show 'Sportsworld', a role she held for 6 years. During the year Johanna also presented several of the Seven Network’s special sport broadcasts including 'Road to Beijing' and 'Road to Rio.' She hosted Auction Squad for five seasons, as well as 'House calls to the Rescue', and 'Australia’s Amazing Homes'.
In 1998 Johanna was a regular guest on the A.B.C.’s 'Good News Week' and also appeared on the special series of 'Good News Weekend'. She continued to appear on the show when it moved to the Ten Network.
Prior to her move to television she represented Australia in swimming, winning Bronze at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990, and a silver at the 1991 World Championships.
In 2007 Johanna was appointed to the Board of Events New South Wales and has also received an Honorary Doctrate of Letters – Honoris Causis - from Macquarie University in NSW for services to swimming, media and charity fundraising.
In 2014 she was appointed as a Director to the Board of Beyond Blue, a role she continues.
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