Neil Andrews and wife, Hlohlo.

IRC Q&A: Neil Andrews

Neil Andrews is a household name, an institution in South Africa as its longest serving and most accomplished sports anchor. Having hosted iternationally huge events like the 2010 Football World Cup and the Rugby World Cup final, and with various global celebrities constantly through his studio, Neil has also achieved international acclaim – and has a host of A-list sporting and TV celebs on speed dial.

He has served South Africa’s Supersport Channel for 31 years – his amazing skills in front of the camera unequalled in an industry where even the best of anchormen don’t have notably long shelf lives. Those who have worked alongside Neil all tell of the same – he’s  a wealth of knowledge on all sports, puts his guests at ease with his people skills, polished ease of presenting, adaptability and analysing abilities.

Neil has won all the big awards, including Sports Journalist Of The Year, and was multi acclaimed for ‘Super Saturday’, which ended its initial run in 2008 and is now back on air.

A devoted horseracing fan and racehorse owner and following a long association with the racing media, he also still remains, after all these years, the top go-to man for South Africa’s main racing events including the L’Ormarins Queen’ Plate and the Cape Met.

Here is our Q&A with Neil Andrews:

1. Full name?  Neil Stephen Andrews.

2. Date of Birth?  16th June 1965.

3. Steak or sushi?  Sushi.

4. Superstitions? None.

5. Fav Holiday Destination? Las Vegas.

6. Which: BMW or Merc?  Never been able to afford either.

7. Who inspires you the most?  My wife Hlohlo.

8. Big night out or quiet night in? Quiet night in.

9. Left-handed or right-handed?  Right handed.

10. Most famous person ever interviewed?Probably the actor Will Smith, although Richard Branson, Pele & Arnold Schwarzenegger might disagree.

11. What annoys you the most? Name droppers (see previous answer!) but mostly ignorant punters.

12. Worst interview ever? My first. I was beyond nervous and dinkum desperate. 

13. Best horse race watched, live? The Epsom Derby.

14. Funniest person you have ever met? Alan Committee.

15. Biggest sports event anchored? Dead Heat between the FIFA World Cup Final & Rugby World Cup Final.

16. As co-presenter: Darren Scott, Robert Marawa, John Dykes, Terry Paine, Tim Sherwood or Crystal Arnold? Terry Paine.

17. What is your biggest phobia? Forgetting a shift. 

18. Most embarrassing moment?  Another Dead Heat. Trying to cook on “Come Dine With Me” & crying on “Celebrity Big Brother”.

19. Biggest influence on your career? Family and Friends.

20. You enjoy the exotics. What’s your favourite bet? Quick-Mix Jackpots.

21. If you had to pick one: In-studio anchor, on field/course presenting or Youtubing? In-Studio Anchor.

22. Proudest Achievement? Privately, being a dad to my 6 children.Professionally, my 31 year career with SuperSport. 

23. Economy or business class? Business Class (if someone else is paying).

24. One thing to make the tv coverage of racing better for everyone? Higher Standards and Accountability (sorry that’s two). 

25. Your star sign? Gemini.

26. Bath or shower? Shower.

27. Read or Netflix? Netflix. 
28. Attitude to life? 
The Glass is always half full.
29. Any ambitions to fulfil? To meet and Interview Tiger Woods.

30. Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness?  Ask for forgiveness.

Nominate someone for our Q&A next?   Kabelo Matsunyane.

Nominate two horses to follow for the rest of this season.  Justin Snaith’s Royal Aussie and, ever the optimist, Mike de Kock’s Ready To Fly.

Chosen charity for readers to donate to: Highveld Horse Care Unit