Callum Ferguson in Rio

Callum Ferguson: ‘take chances, make mistakes and get messy’

I’ve learned a lot about myself as a journalist, and as a person, throughout my time in Rio.

The biggest leap I took journalistically was learning that sport does not end at the final buzzer, or that final touch of the wall, and that is usually where the best stories come from.

There is always a story to cover, good or bad, and it is your duty as a journalist to get to the bottom of it and produce the best work possible.

As a person, I’ve learned what it takes to find the best storyline, and that, sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone to do so. Such experiences proved to me that in order to be the best journalist I can be, I need to take chances, make mistakes and get messy.

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to further learn my craft in a setting as dynamic as the Paralympics. What I have learned in Rio are lessons I intend to carry far into my career.