TRURO – Arash Madani has covered the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup final.
But one of the biggest indications he has made something of himself was when Truro Sport Heritage Society officials invited him as guest speaker for Thursday’s 27th annual sports awards dinner at the Best Western Glengarry.
“It’s really flattering they asked me to come back and speak,” the 30-year-old Rogers Sportsnet reporter said late Monday night from his hotel room in New York, where he was waiting to cover the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders hockey game the following night.
Coming home hasn’t been something Madani has gotten to do much of lately, as his job takes him across North America to some of the planet’s biggest sporting events.
“I’m really excited about coming home. I was talking with my dad tonight and co-ordinating some things,” he said. “I’ve had that date circled on my calendar for a long time now.”
It’s been quite a journey Madani has taken, and the path started right here. While attending Cobequid Educational Centre, Madani got a job writing a column on high school sports for the Truro Daily News in 1997. He also did radio and television broadcasts for Cougars games.
While attending Bishop’s University, Madani was hired as a summer intern at the Truro Daily News and began covering the Truro Bearcats senior baseball team.
“I still think about that a lot,” Madani said. “One of the things I enjoyed covering most was the Bearcats winning the championship in 2002. I flew home just for it.”
He’s also been media relations director for the Ottawa Renegades and Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL teams and has worked for Ottawa’s A Channel and national sports network, The Score.
Madani is scheduled to arrive in Truro tonight where he’ll stay with his father Ali. He’ll talk to students at CEC Thursday before the dinner and hopes to catch up with some friends in town before leaving for New York Friday morning.
Madani recently returned from Mexico where he was covering the Davis Cup tennis tournament and following Canadian tennis sensation Milos Raonic.
“We had just sent a bunch of stuff back and I said to my cameraman, ‘Is this really what we do for a living.’ I really enjoy my job. I’m so fortunate to get these assignments.”
Last November he covered both the World Series and the Grey Cup, he’s got a Master’s tournament to his credit and countless other events and exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most famous athletes. Each event is still a thrill for him.
“Seeing a foot meet the ball at the Super Bowl and 90,000 flash bulbs going off, or watching Raonic blasting a 230km/h serve is just incredible and breathtaking.”
Madani credits getting his feet wet with the local media for helping him experience those moments.
“If it wasn’t for the foundation I was able to build in Truro there was no chance any of this would have been possible,” Madani said. “Those guys gave me a chance and were patient with me.
“Hockey and baseball make up 60 to 70 per cent of my work now and a lot of what I learned along the way ultimately began in Truro at the paper and the TV station.”