Scott Russell wanted to be a school teacher. And he achieved that dream.
But when he got there, he realized it wasn’t exactly the kind of teaching he wanted to do.
So in the spring of 1984, he quit his job at West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound, Ontario, and returned to the University of Western Ontario in London to study journalism.
A year later, he emerged with a master’s degree and also began a relationship with CBC that continues to this day, having become one of Canada’s most visible – and tireless – sports broadcasters.
How tireless is Russell? This year alone, he journeyed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, then hosted CBC’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, then went back to Europe for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
It’s a workload that made him an obvious choice as the year’s outstanding broadcaster, as chosen by Sports Media Canada. He was presented with his award at a banquet on Wednesday in Toronto.