Writers

Founded from the idea of one of the writers, Luke Augustus, and implemented by another, Scott Balaam, the organisation is a tightly-knit group of 12 sports journalists.

The name ‘TIBS’ stems from the nickname of the group of writers. During our first year of studying Sports Journalism together, at Southampton Solent University, we discovered that Andrei, one of our course mates, had the middle name Tiberius.

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Aaron Aquilina – Sports Journalist graduate from Oxford. Passionate about all things sporty and in particular European Football and Chelsea FC. Experience includes writer and editor for Oxford Journal newspaper as well as creator and editor for a variety of football blogs and websites. Currently working for Oxford University Press – the largest University Press in the world and second oldest behind Cambridge.

Andy Maynard – My main area of expertise is football and being a Plymouth Argyle fan I tend to focus on the latest goings-on in the Football League. Away from football I closely follow darts and have developed a recent interest in horse racing. In the past I’ve written for local Plymouth newspaper ‘The Herald as well as writing a weekly Argyle column in the Cornish Times.

Harry Hunt – With a place on a media training academy with Aldershot Town FC, it has always been an ambition to work within the football industry. Sport media is something I have always enjoyed, after spending two years as the press officer for the WWJCA, a junior cricket organisation in Winchester. This preceded doing work for Hampshire CCC. I have also written blogs for Football Friends Media and done local match reports for the Daily Echo. For my sins, I am a Southampton season ticket holder.

Jack Murphy – Currently working for a television production company called M & Y Media Ltd alongside writing for TIBS News, I have written articles for the official Hampshire CC website in the past too. Like most British journalists I am mainly interested in football but follow sports across the board in order to become more knowledgable. I also co-hosted the ‘People’s Preview’ show on Radio Sonar each week alongside Greg Styles and (very rarely) Luke Augustus. The TIBS News project is one which excites me greatly and has got off to a great start so far!

James Newnham – I’ve been a big sports fan for years, and follow most team sports, as well as Tennis and Boxing. Football is my biggest passion and unfortunately due to family circumstances I am a bitter Portsmouth fan. I have previously written articles for websites such as Football Friends, and Football league72. Today I still write for the Football League online magazine. Most of my work for the site consists of opinion pieces, blogs, and a weekly podcast.

James Shipp – Writer, presenter, trend-setter, birthday forgetter and Portsmouth’s answer to James Bond. Mainly a cricket and football type of geezer, written for the Portsmouth News, Sky Sports Fanzone, Shoot Magazine and Hampshire Cricket Club. You could have also heard me on Absolute Radio a couple of times.

Jamie Bassett – I’m a 22-year-old journalist having previously produced content for A Stamford Bridge Too Far, The Sun Newspaper and VincoSport. I currently write for Formula One Fancast and What Culture producing weekly blogs and features and am a big follower of football, Formula One and combat sports such as MMA, boxing and wrestling.

Luke Augustus – 22-year-old from Kent and a huge sports enthusiast whether it be playing, watching or reporting. Apart from contributing to TIBS News, I am currently a freelance for the MailOnline Sport. In the past I have written online for Shoot Magazine and a Manchester United fansite called We All Follow United in the past. In addition to that, I co-hosted ‘The People’s Preview’ show on Radio Sonar. During the summer of 2012 I worked for the London Youth Games reporting on the events that took place there. I was also part of their first-ever radio team, LYG Radio, and through this I got to meet and interview their famous alumni such as athletes Zoe Smith, Leon Baptiste, Natasha Danvers and footballer Rachel Yankee, to name a few.

Phil Wilbraham – Previous experience includes golf travel writing for agolfingexperience.com as well as writing news for local media including both the Times series, the Guardian series and the Watford Observer. A keen sportsman I cover a variety of events and you can join me on Radio Sonar every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Scott Balaam – I love most sports but most of my work has been in football, I worked on BBC’s Late Kick Off (2012) as a Broadcast Assistant, was a Senior Editor of ‘Two Left Feet’ and have contributed to numerous websites and I am part of the management team at Football Friends Media. I also work for Setanta Ireland TV on a freelance basis and currently hold the position of Media Officer for Winchester City.

Simon Blaquiere – A passionate writer and a sports fanatic from South London with a love for Newcastle United, European football and Boxing. I’ve wrote for reputable publications such as FourFourTwo magazine, Goal.com, Shoot Magazine, SB.TV as well as assisting on television programme sports tonight live.

Tom Veitch – A 23-year-old sports journalism graduate from Plymouth. Apart from contributing to TIBS News, I am currently a news reporter for South Hams Newspapers, owned by Tindle Newspapers. In the past I have writen online for Shoot Magazine. I am a big Plymouth Argyle fan and enjoy a wide variety of sports, especially football, golf, tennis and F1. I also co-hosted a two hour show featuring on Southampton Solent University’s radio station – Radio Sonar.