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Johanna Griggs

Johanna Griggs is a darling of Australian sport and television. Most recently known for her role presenting the Channel Seven program Better Homes and Gardens as well as the Summer of Tennis including the Australian Open, Johanna is one of Australia's finest former swimming champions.

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Johanna Griggs's Biography

Johanna was a world ranked backstroker and one of Australia's youngest Commonwealth Games swimmers. At just 16 years old she was selected for the Auckland Commonwealth Games and represented Australia for several years, winning Bronze at the Auckland Games in 1990 for the 100m Backstroke. She also won a Silver Medal in the Medley Relay at the 1991 World Championships in Perth. Johanna was also the first Australian female swimmer to break the 30-second barrier for the 50m backstroke.

When she was 17 years old, Johanna started feeling excessively tired, and in May of 1993, announced her premature retirement from swimming following diagnosis of and a lengthy battle with chronic fatigue syndrome. She was quickly recruited by the Seven Network however, reporting for programs including 'Sportsworld' and 'Sydney Weekender' as well as hosting 'The AFL Half Time Show'. She then went on to host 'Seven's Summer of Tennis' which she did for several years as well as working as a commentator and presenter of the 1994 World Swimming Championships in Rome. Later in 1994 Johanna presented the 'Weekend Sports News' and became Channel Seven's first national female (and youngest ever) sports presenter.

After taking some time out of the media spotlight to raise her two sons, Johanna returned to television in 1998 to become a regular panelist on Foxtel's 'Beauty and the Beast', as well as being a regular guest on ABC televisions sports panel show 'The Fat' and 'Good News Week'.

In 2000, Johanna returned to the Seven Network to co-host 'Olympic Sunrise' alongside Andrew Daddo for the Sydney Olympic Games. She has since hosted the Adidas International, which in 2001 became the Medibank International, the Australian Open and the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. For three years Johanna also hosted the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series and in 2001 began hosting the Sunday morning live sports show 'Sportsworld', which is Australia's longst airing sports show. She also hosted the coverage of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games for the Seven Network, the first time an Australian woman solely hosted Olympic's coverage.

Johanna continued her hosting commitments with 'Sportsworld', The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, 'Auction Squad', Davis Cup, Medibank International, Australian Open broadcasts, the World Gymnastic Championships in Melbourne, Spring Racing Carnival and renovation show 'House Calls to the Rescue'. She has been a familiar face on television screens for several years as presenter of 'Better Homes and Gardens' and has also written for New Idea magazine.

Johanna's professionalism, adaptability, magnetic personality and energy make her a most popular master of ceremonies and event host.