SBOTD Presents: Tyson Geick, TV Personality and Broadcast Journalist
SPORTS BABE OF THE DAY PRESENTS: Tyson Geick, TV Personality and Broadcast Journalist, @TysonLW on Twitter.
Forget hats and mitts, Babes is what’s keeping us warm this winter season! Get your shades ready and hold on to your hearts because this blonde hair, blue eyed, 5’10 and all around athlete is not only driven, smart and articulate but is a total smokeshow as well (talk about the full package)! Ladies, meet Tyson Geick.
Tyson, a Toronto Ontario native has been an athlete all his life. Playing a little AAA hockey here and a little bit of Jr. A hockey there, not to mention being drafted to the Jacksonville Bullies of the North American Lacrosse League it’s safe to say that Tyson always had his sights set on playing professionally but when his dreams fell short he used his passion for broadcasting to embark on a new journey and create new dreams for himself.
Holding a very impressive resume with experience in reporting for the Kingston Frontenac’s of the Ontario Hockey League, hosting for the Peterborough Lakers (MSL) and interning with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame it’s obvious that his dreams of broadcasting and clenching a career in the sports industry are in close reach. Currently studying a post-grad in Sport Journalism, interning at Sportsnet’s The Fan 590, as well as The Hockey News where he is a reporter and editor for The Hockey News TV and keeping busy with his own site TheBeautyStatus.com. we’re just lucky that Tyson had the time to have an interview with us so let’s get to the most important part in…
20 Questions with Tyson Geick:
(1.) Having aspirations in broadcast journalism, what are you going to do to ensure you meet that goal?
Journalism is an industry that tons of people hope to break into, so being a step ahead of the competition is extremely important. I never let anyone tell me I can’t do something; if I listened, I would have been done years ago. I am all about making, and seeking out my own opportunities and connections. I am always learning from those in the industry; I’ll sit in front of the TV and study the way that TV personalities work, or the way that a commentator calls a hockey game.
Every time that I am on air, I am quick to ask my producer how it went and what could be done better for next time. That is what is so fun about broadcast journalism, I feel that I learn something new every time I’m on air. I believe that if I am humble, personable, and continue to learn and become better every day, there is nothing that will stop me when trying to reach my goal.
(2.) Tell us more about TheBeautyStatus.com blog you write for?
I had the idea for TheBeautyStatus.com a few years ago, but only started it in late March of 2012… it’s really all about ‘Hockey in Real Life’. I think what is so cool about the sport of hockey is the culture behind the sport; it truly is different than any other sport out there. The HBO series 24/7 did a lot for the game of hockey and giving viewers an inside look at the hockey lifestyle has, in my opinion, allowed the sport to grow. I was able to take something away from 24/7…
On TheBeautyStatus.com, I look to write as if I were speaking to the fans, give them an inside look at the game and the way that hockey players speak to one another. I also focus on music (which hockey would not be the same without), workouts, offseason activities (such as hittin’ the cottage), and will start to take a look at food and nutrition on my site – all things that have to do with the hockey lifestyle.
So often in journalism today we see sugarcoated opinions, and there are a lot of people that tiptoe around issues. I like to be professional, but at the same time, speak my mind and not hold back. It’s really all about being the connection between the professional and the fan. We grant the TheBeautyStatus.com to those teams, players, coaches, etc. who go over and above, and ‘ThePlugStatus’ to teams, players, coaches who we can’t stand.
(3.) If you could interview any athlete who would it be?
Living? Teemu Selanne. Just a stand up guy, a true competitor and a Stanley Cup Champion. Not with us anymore? Maurice ‘The Rocket’ Richard. One of the best all around hockey players to ever play the sport.
(4.) What does a day in the life of Tyson look like?
I usually wake up, check emails and do a quick check-up online for any information that I need to do. I’ll have a small bite to eat and map out my day – I usually have a list of things I’d like to get to before the day is done. I do a lot of work at the computer, head to the gym for a workout and then of course cook up a big post workout meal!
Throughout my day, I like to connect/reconnect with a lot of people so I am often making phone calls as well as setting up and attending meetings. Networking and connecting is what the industry I would like to be in is all about! On days when I broadcast, I prepare during the day and walk myself through how I want the broadcast to go.
During the hockey season, at night, hockey is always echoing through my house and my eyes are glued to the TV. In the summer, I’m usually up at the cottage (the best place in the world) with my best friends and my family waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming, barbequing, drinkin’ and livin’ the life!
(5.) Being a “fitness junkie”, do you have any specific workout or nutrition tips?
One quote that I keep in mind when working out is, ‘it’s not how much, it’s how’ – as in, ‘it’s not how much you’re lifting, but instead how you’re lifting it’. Technique is extremely important. For example, just because you’re doing what the diagram on the machine is telling you to do, doesn’t mean you’re doing it effectively and efficiently, and working out the muscles that you hope to. The littlest tweaks in your workout can make the biggest difference.
Additionally, spending hours on the treadmill or elliptical is unnecessary, in my opinion – your time could be better spent! Just because you lift weights doesn’t mean you’ll get bulky. If you increase your lean muscle mass, your metabolism will increase, which will then allow your body to burn fat the fastest. I don’t think there is any ‘wrong way’ of working out, as we are always achieving something at the gym – but there is definitely always a more effective and efficient way to work out… even for me! I’m always learning new things.
Realistically, I could go on for hours, so you’d have to ask me personally for workout tips and tricks!
When it comes to nutrition, always think about this… ‘Do you eat for fuel, or do you eat for fun?’ What we eat is nothing more than fuel for our bodies, be conscious of what you eat and think about the nutritional content in the food you’re about to eat. Try to have a healthy balance of everything, and listen to your body! When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re thirsty, drink. Your body is just telling you what it requires. Oh, and drink a ton of water every day – there’s nothing better.
(6.) Favorite workout consists of?
When I can, my favorite workout is without a doubt playing a game of hockey or lacrosse. When I’m at the gym, I start with a good run and then I break into a workout circuit, I usually focus on a specific muscle group. Shoulders, arms and chest workouts are all my favorites. Lower body sucks (toughest workout), but you’ve got to mix it up!
(7.) What is your most memorable moment in sports?
Playing in the Minto Cup (The National Box Lacrosse Jr. Championship – Lacrosse’s equivalent of the Memorial Cup) was pretty unbelievable. My best friend and I set out to make it to the Minto Cup with a Lacrosse team in BC, and we did just that. Unfortunately, we were eliminated in the semi-finals, but few are blessed to play in a tournament like the Minto Cup on a stage like that!
(8.) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I can be a total nerd – I’ve been an athlete all of my life, remain involved in sports, and I may be a fitness junkie… but I love doing work at the computer and producing videos/music, and I love superhero movies (the X-Men movies are probably my favorite). Watching some ‘Planet Earth’ is probably one of my favorite ways to unwind. Also, I also grew up singing and playing music with my cousins (who are all girls); they’re some of the most talented singers I know – we continue to play music and sing to this day.
(9.) Are you single, dating or locked down?
Signed to a long-term deal. I have an amazing girlfriend who is also my best friend.
(10.) What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Am I going to sound like a total sap if I say a girls eyes and her smile? A pair of bright eyes get me hooked.
(11.) What do you currently have playing on your iPod?
My iPod song list consists of about 8,500 songs – I listen to just about everything! John Butler Trio, Dierks Bentley, Kings of Leon, Fleet Foxes, The Black Keys, The Tragically Hip, Black Stone Cherry, Whiskey Myers, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Nickelback – songs I’m currently digging are ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ by Wiz, ‘Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd’ by Whiskey Myers, ‘Reptile’ by Skrillex (…what? It’s good workout music…) and as of right now my favorite song is ‘Pyro’ by the Kings of Leon.
(12.) If you could be any animal what would you be? Why?
I would be a Lion. They are amazing creatures that are well respected. Lions hunt; go out and get what they want, they’re fierce, work as a team, and they are all about their families.
(13.) Do you have any unusual talents?
Unusual? Hmm not that I can think of… though some of my close friends would probably say voices and sound effects are a weird talent of mine. My family has always said I have the ability to pick out the next big fad or trend before it becomes big (but I won’t ever consider myself a ‘hipster’).
(14.) What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Sometimes I find it a miracle that I survived University? But honestly, I would say I am very proud of getting to where I am in broadcasting by making my own opportunities and seeking out new connections. I never studied journalism in school, but I figured out what I wanted to do, and I’ve started to make it happen – plus, when it comes to this game, I’m still a young gun!
(15.) Is there a motto, saying or core truth you try and live by?
I’ve got a few quotes that I live by, a couple that I always try to remember. The first I came across when I was going through a tougher time in my life, “Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” I have the word ‘Redefined’ tattooed on my back to represent that quote – it reminds me that if I am ever going through a difficult time, it’s up to me to ‘redefine myself’, become stronger and rise above my difficulty.
The second is an awesome quote that I came across about a year ago… “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” I love this quote and try to live by it. Just because someone can’t do something for me doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try to help that person and treat him or her with respect. So often we forget how important a little bit of our time and respect can mean to another – and we should give that time and respect even if there may not be something in it for us.
(16.) What is your biggest fear?
Somehow not being able to do what I love every day. It’s easy to lose sight of your goals in life and get sucked into working a job that you don’t love. I won’t let that happen.
(17.) If you were stranded on an island what three things do you wish you had with you?
Could I bring a satellite and a TV so that I could watch hockey? That’d be cheating, right? I’d probably bring a guitar, a pair of sunglasses and some kind of floating device so I could relax around the island! I mean… if I’m stranded… why not?
(18.) You’re in a time machine, where are you going and why?
As a hockey fan, I would have to say back to the 1972 Summit Series – one of the best sports series of all time. I don’t know if I will get to experience anything quite like the Summit Series in my lifetime. Plus, I hear life in the 70’s was pretty cool?
(19.) Who would YOU feature as Sports Babe of the Day?
Easy answer – TSN’s Natasha Stanizewski (@tvnatasha). She’s Polish (as am I), she talks sports, and she’s certainly not hard on the eyes. Win, win, win.
(20.) What do you want to be remembered for?
I would like to make a difference in the hockey-broadcasting world in some way; be somewhat of an innovator or game changer. I’m not quite sure what way that is going to be just yet, but it is still early in my career – I’ll figure it out soon. I do know now that would like people to remember me for my dedication and hard work.
Yes, that’s right ladies as if Tyson wasn’t already perfect enough he also sings, plays and writes music, a total family man and 100% taken?! Hey, as if a guy like this would be single for very long! That is one lucky lady. Regardless, I know you can’t stop staring at those pictures. Ahhh those baby blues. So don’t forget to give Tyson a follow on twitter @TysonLW, you won’t be disappointed!