We are excited to confirm Stephanie Brantz as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2023 National Conference.
Stephanie Brantz is a freelance television and radio presenter, producer and commentator, a Director on the Board of Football NSW, member of NSW Government’s ‘Game Changers’ Council, the SCG Heritage Trust and Chair of DFAT’s Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council.
Brantz is a former Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and member of the ‘Ten World Cups in Ten Years’ Advisory Committee, working with State Government/Office of Sport to earmark World Cup events for the state of NSW.
With a background in Complementary Medicine, Stephanie switched to a media career with the SBS Sports team in 2000, working on a football program of the time – ‘On the Ball’.
By 2006 she was host of both the ”FIFA World Cup Highlights Show” and “Toyota World Sport”.
Following a move to Channel 9, Stephanie presented sport for Nightline, National Nine News and the ‘Sunday’ Show and hosted the network’s National Basketball League highlights program as well as the Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Ironman Series. She was the boundary reporter for the Ashes Cricket Series in the summer of 2006-07 and producer/ host for the 2009 series of grassroots football program “Football Stars of Tomorrow”.
After leaving Channel Nine, Stephanie joined the ABC as the face of their Sport & Events coverage.
From 2010, she fronted the network’s coverage of the Australian of the Year, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service broadcast from Gallipoli/Villers-Bretonneux, the Centenary commemorations across the Western Front and Beersheba and worked with Department of Veterans Affairs on-site to deliver the overnight content to visitors at the commemorative sites.
She continues to host the Flag Raising and Citizenship ceremony with the Prime Minister every Australia Day.
Brantz fronted the successful ABC coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and has anchored the AFC Asian Cup 2015, W-League football, Australian Open Women’s Golf, AUS v ENG T20 Cricket, the FIBA World Cup and FIBA World Championships as well as roles with the WNBL as host and sideline commentator, World Cup and Champions Trophy Hockey tournaments and the Shute Shield Rugby competition. She previously anchored the ‘Brumbies TV’ Super Rugby show on One HD as well as co-hosting the Macquarie Sports Radio Drive program through the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
From 2016, Stephanie added ESPN to her portfolio, as a host and contributor for regular written and video content, reporting/presenting from the FIFA World Cup as well as the Australian Open Tennis. She hosts ESPN’s US Open Tennis program, ‘US Open Primetime’ from Flushing Meadows and is host of the World Feed Coverage of the Australian Open Tennis.
In 2019, Stephanie travelled to France for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and then to Qatar in 2022 as a producer for FIFA TV and has also produced segments for the FIFA football show and documentaries for FIFA Films.
She was lead commentator of the W-League football competition and hosts her own program on SEN 1170: ‘Trailblazers with Stephanie Brantz’ which features weekly long form interviews with guests who have had a significant impact in Women’s sport.
A self-confessed 'sport nut' Stephanie, who has two sons and a daughter, is of Dutch/Indonesian heritage. She grew up in Brisbane and represented Queensland at State level competition in netball, basketball, swimming and athletics before moving to Sydney.
After completing university, Stephanie managed her own Naturopathic and Fitness Clinic for 10 years in Sydney’s Inner West before joining the media.
Stephanie is on the committee of The Primary Club, Special Member of the Carbine Club and an ambassador for AIEF (Australian Indigenous Education Foundation) and The Chappell Foundation.