How the Sports Writers Festival gave Yoshi some ideas

All over again, thanks my good Almanac friends to come over to North Fitzroy Arms Hotel on Friday night to see me. It was a really wonderful time to chat and entertain. Further thanks to JTH for organising everything including the interview and Yvette for advice and helping JTH.


In the following two days, I was at the Sports Writers Festival at Rydges Melbourne with several Almanackers. It was a ripping event and I had great opportunities to learn new skills in writing through guest speakers’ experiences and to gain knowledge of sports. Even I gained positives through the presentations.


Chris Shen is a psychologist and a wrestler. His book Wrestling with Resilience was handed to audience. Chris talked about his background, experiences in wrestling and helping organisations (not only sport ones but also other workplaces). His identifying strategies and making plans to cope psychological issues is inspiring and I can learn and adapt myself to be stronger and succeed in my life both professional and personal.


Susan Alberti AC had tough experiences in her life but has been a strong and independent woman breaking the men’s dominance in building industry. Her never give up attitude was established during going on tough roads in her life and passed onto Western Bulldogs players that brought them the second flag last year. Indeed such positive attitudes are what I want to adopt and need to achieve my dream and goal being a professional writer in the future.


Andrew Mangan’s passions of writing about his beloved Arsenal and playing football (soccer) motivate me a lot. His great knowledge of Arsenal made me hard to catch up with his presentation for me but good for many Arsenal supporters in the room. Mangan was a web designer before launching his Arseblog and it’s an interesting fact for me as a person who have work experiences outside journalism or writing industry. It also brings me positive to achieve my life goals.


Titus O’Reily has great sense of humours and brought us audience a lot of laughs. His presentations reinforced me an idea on how to be a successful writer. Finding my uniqueness of writing to attract more readers. Even he struggled with getting enough audience at first. Then having similar writing styles to others won’t attract readers, I realised. I believe his great sense of humour attracts us in his writing. His Twitter posts are so so funny and I laughed out loud.


The debate “Is football too much?” was hot and attractive. Presented by Alicia Sometimes, Tony Wilson, Angela Pippos and Matthew Hardy, both sides presented us good and reasonable points of views. Too much is made of too many footy items in the bedroom, costing a relationship and etc. The opposition insisted more footy is needed to give more women opportunities to play footy. The audience was asked to vote by clapping hands, and I voted the negative. The session was good for me to gain skills to present my opinions in public.


Waleed Aly talked about Australian sports and how they are played and viewed with history and background. Australia is well known as a sports nation, but I was surprised to hear Olympics was less viewed than AFL. I sensed AFL represented Australia a lot and my favourite sport was an identity of Australia. Many children just watching highlights in international sports on the internet is shocking with much surprises. I wish they know great concepts of whole games in any sports.


Sadly my time here in Melbourne is nearly over but the event makes me better in both writing and in person. I do what I have been doing back in Japan and hope I can come back next year to watch footy.

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Jennifer Muirden says

    Hey there Yoshi, sounds like you had a great time at the Sports Writers Festival organised by my old uni buddy Frank Leach. Sounds like an awesome line-up of presenters. Funnily enough Matt Hardy sat not too far away from me, amongst all the Richmond faithful at Punt Road Oval on Grand Final Day and boldly wore his Saints guernsey – now that’s true Sainter pride for you! Many might call it sickness ; )

    Safe travels back to Japan and we look forward to seeing you back in Melbourne in 2018. Go Saints!!!!

  2. It was awesome to meet you Yoshi and Im glad to see and read that you took some handy tips from the festival.
    Hope to meet you again soon!

  3. Neil Anderson says

    You are are already a skilled writer in a second language Yoshi. After reading your summary of the Sports Writers Festival which so precise and informative for those of us that didn’t attend, it seems you have already added to those skills.
    I loved the photos of you at the MCG. You really looked like a man who belonged and should have been born in Melbourne. I hope Melbourne was good to you and you return soon to see your Saints playing live.

  4. Onya Yoshi. Lots of wisdom and sharp insights in your summary.

  5. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Brilliant report Yoshi. I wish you all the very best, mate and I hope to see you again soon. Keep practicing as your writing is coming along in leaps and bounds.

  6. Thanks again for your advice with the ticketing situation, Yoshi! I noticed you wrote down a lot of notes throughout the festival on Sunday; I look forward to your next stories. Ganbatte kudasai! Mata ne!

  7. Great to meet you Yosh – safe travels!

  8. Yoshi, you have left your mark on Melbourne. And perhaps Melbourne on you. Hope to see you soon. All the best with your writing.

  9. Jennifer Muirden says


  10. Hi my good friends,

    Thanks for your comments and I really had a great holiday over in Melbourne. Back to Japan waiting a connecting flight to Osaka at Narita Airport…

    Jen – it was really great to meet you and I enjoyed talking about our beloved Saints. Francis Leach is a great bloke and I admire what he has been doing and it’s nice to hear you are his university buddy. I look forward to going back to Melbourne for footy and seeing you again. All the best my good friend!

    Anna – it was great to see you and your dad at the festival. I hope your writing and study at school are going well. Bright future is on your hand! I hope to see you in the near future.

    Neil – Thank you for your compliment as always. You are a generous man and I am sad I didn’t see you this time. Haha I should be identified as a Melbourne man but I am too unique Japanese bloke, lol. I am planning to go back to Melbourne in July next year to watch footy.

    PB – Thank you for your positive words and I just ‘play on’. I’m happy attending the conference has already brought me improvement in writing. Speaking English almost all the time for a week went well too.

    Phil – It was really great to see you on Friday night and we enjoyed the dinner, didn’t we? Keep writing is the essential and brings me more posotives. All the best and I hope to see you again next year.

    Jarrod – no worries mate. I hope you can have more time soon for writing. Life balance is needed mate.

    JBanister – It was great to meet you too. The event was terrific, wasn’t it?

    JTH – Spot on! My performances of singing club songs and Judd’s chicken wing tackle were my footprints in Melbourne. The great time in Melbourne is memorable and the city is so lovely. I can’t wait going back to Melbourne.



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