That New Zealanders are passionate about their sports must be an understatement. Many Kiwis follow the trials and triumphs of our national and grassroots sportsmen, women and teams and they like to voice their opinion about the state of New Zealand sports on national radio. Radio Sport’s “Sports Vox” host and Westlaker Kent Johns follows all major codes including the big competitions around the world and loves chatting about and debating on the big sports issues.
Kent grew up in Torbay and was an out of zone student at Westlake from 1991-1995. A mad keen football player from the age of five, Kent’s proudest moment at Westlake was representing the 1st XI Football team in his last year at school. The team, coached by current Head of Commerce Trevor Weal, didn’t have an easy start to their season with ten players from the previous year having left the school. Their first league win came against Takapuna Grammar and from there on, the team played excellent football finishing runners-up in the Auckland Premier Competition. Kent remembers wearing the green blazer and tie with pride and he enjoyed the aftermatch speeches and scones.
After leaving school Kent studied sports fulltime for two years and started at Radio Sport in 1999 where he hosted Night Sport together with Kath Harby-Williams. After three years on the night shift Kent moved to weekend breakfast shows until he took over the afternoon slot and from there “The Sports Vox” was born in January 2012. In March this year Kent came back to school to host the “Healthy Sports Debate” panel at the Father Son Breakfast and in term three this year he was MC at Westlake’s Football Tour UK/Spain Trivial Pursuit fundraising night.
Sport has always been Kent’s first love but since it became his vocation he has come to appreciate many other good things that life has to offer. Kent feels equally satisfied in the garden or preparing a nice meal accompanied with a good glass of wine. He now lives close to Westlake and sees the boys walking past all the time. It brings back memories of long grey socks and compulsory garters…
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