Hi, I’m Pete Borkowski. I’m a sports journalist currently employed by Tennis Canada.
Sports have been my passion my entire life and I love nothing more than reporting on them. I am a writer, photographer, editor and on-camera analyst. My sports writing career started with a blog as a hobby when I was 20 and quickly evolved into my choice of career. I am a hard worker and a team player. I work well under pressure and am very thorough, never resting until the job is done.
I am capable of writing/reporting on any sport. My primary sports are tennis and hockey, but I have experience writing on all four major North American sports, as well as soccer and various Olympic sports.
My past work experience has landed me in the press box at a number of different sporting events. I’ve traveled as far as London, England and Basel, Switzerland to cover sporting events and I am always extremely professional in my work. I have interacted with some of the world’s best athletes, including tennis Grand Slam champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal among others, as well as Olympic and Paralympic medalists Aurelie Rivard, Penny Oleksiak and Emily Overholt.
I have experience writing various types of articles from short breaking news to game-overs to longer features. I am a detail-oriented writer very comfortable writing under pressure and meeting deadlines.
I have photography experience going all the way back to high school. I am comfortable with Photoshop and love taking pictures of sporting events.
I am very familiar and comfortable with Canadian Press style. I have years of experience editing through my time as an editor with an online journal and as a high school teacher.
I am fluent in French and am capable of producing content in French. I started French immersion when I was four years old, majored in French in university, and lived in Nantes, France for a year.
Assistant, Digital at tennis canada
Since May 2021, I have been working on the digital side for Tennis Canada, producing written and social media content. I have also been working on the National Bank Open, creating content and building websites for the 2021 edition of the event. My written content has included match story for Canadian players as well as weekly series about the ATP and WTA tours. I have also created graphics and images for our social media channels. This role has also given me experience working with branded content and avertisers.
Writer/Editor at VAVEL USA
2015 – 2018
In 2015, I was recruited from my blog to join the tennis section at VAVEL USA, an online sports journal. I was a regular contributor, writing news, game stories, and longer features. I regularly led the site with the most articles written and three times won the site’s “Writer of the Week” award. In March 2016, I was promoted to co-editor of the tennis section. I was also an occasional contributor to the NHL section. As part of my role at VAVEL USA, I attended a number of large tennis tournaments, including three Rogers Cups, as a member of the media.
Associate Editor, Intern, At sportsnet.ca
2019 – 2020
As part of the Centennial Sports Journalism program, I completed a three-month internship on the webdesk at Sportsnet.ca. During my time at Sportsnet, I was a working member of the digital team, posting content on the website. Much of my job involved finding, formatting and posting wire copy from Canadian Press and Associated Press, as well as editing stories and longer features written by Sportsnet’s senior writers. I was also called upon to write news stories about all four major North American Sports as well as tennis.
Blogger at sportsblog.com
2013 – 2015, 2020
In 2013, during my undergraduate studies, I started a blog to write about sports as a hobby. I primarily wrote about tennis, hockey, and NFL football, but would also post about other sports. I regular appeared near the top of the Sportsblog leader board as one of the most-read writers, three times being ranked in the top ten. My articles were known to reach 10,000 readers.
Centennial College Sports Journalism
Degree: Graduate Certificate in Sports Journalism
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in History and French (Joint Major)
Degree: Bachelor of Education