Intern Spotlight: Cameron Ottenhoff

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As The Football Sack hit a milestone of 100 graduates, a humble 12 interns remain this 2021/22 season and one of them is Adelaide United reporter Cameron Ottenhoff.

The South Australian intern connected two of his passions by working towards a combined degree in media communications and sport health at Flinders University.

But over the last six months, he has dedicated building more than just his sports writing portfolio.

“Journalism was always my goal, but I really wanted to try and see what the sports side was like,” Ottenhoff said.

“I was trying to crack into the sports industry, which is pretty niche, but as a bit of a gateway in addition to having a media degree.”

Looking for an opportunity to turn his knowledge into action, Ottenhoff came across The Football Sack.

“I just did it for myself and applied. Two weeks later; I got a call from Christian,” he said.

During his time as an intern, Ottenhoff highlighted that the real-life experience is among one of his favourite takeaways.

“That feeling of just actually going into the press box, you know with your nice shirt, your lanyard around your neck, you go down to the press box and go, ‘Oh yeah, this is a job’,” he said.

“It’s pretty wild. I still pinch myself a bit about it.”

Ottenhoff said he had a ‘pinch me’ moment when he realised the work he was doing with TFS could very well turn into a career prospect.

“I’m in the press box asking my own questions and writing my own stuff thinking, ‘This could be something I do as my career’ – that’s something I didn’t expect in my wildest dreams,” he said.

“Talking with some of the people I’ve watched my whole entire life like Carl Veart, an Adelaide legend, it’s just crazy.”

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Ottenhoff has learned to put aside self-doubt and trust his journo gut while embracing the challenges of deadlines.

“The opportunity to look ahead, put the pressure on myself, and actually do my tasks before they’re due – that’s been a challenge; but it’s been a great one,” he said.

Ottenhoff appreciates what The Football Sack continues to do in advancing his career as a journalist and it is through the generosity and support of its donors that he is able to take part in the successful internship program to assist in his development as a talented writer.

“Having The Football Sack as an opportunity for young aspiring journalists to get their name on something and to actually have something to be proud of is unbelievable – and the donors make that happen,” he said.

“It’s something I didn’t expect I would actually have the opportunity to get.”

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His experience of the season to date has left Ottenhoff eager to break through the journalism industry.

“It’s clear to me that a career in sports is the one and The Football Sack hasn’t scared me off it – if anything, it made me hungry to actually go towards a career in sports journalism,” he said.

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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