30 not out for QT's Mr Sport
HE'S been there to witness Queensland break its epic Sheffield Shield cricket drought and was among the first to congratulate Deborah Lovely when she won gold for Ipswich at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Queensland Times sports editor David Lems celebrated 30 years at the paper yesterday.
During that time he has covered the Sydney Olympics, and Commonwealth Games in New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia and Melbourne.
Mr Lems has received more than a dozen APN awards and won the company's top journalist of the year honour in 1998.
He joined The QT in 1984, cutting his teeth in the sports department before sub-editing the paper. He was promoted to sports editor within a few years.
"I just love Ipswich, particularly the sporting community,'' Mr Lems said.
"I've covered four Commonwealth Games and the Sydney Olympics all while working at The QT. I've achieved all of my sporting dreams as a journalist being based in Ipswich.
"I was there when Queensland won the Sheffield Shield in 1995 with Andy Bichel and Dick Tazelaar. That's one of the highlights of my career being there for that special moment.
"I just love getting out on the weekends, talking to people and highlighting their achievements. It gives me a real sense of satisfaction."
QT editor Peter Chapman said the QT was fortunate to have a sports editor as dedicated as Mr Lems.
"Not only is he a great writer, he is also a people's person,'' Mr Chapman said.
"There wouldn't be many in Ipswich sport who don't know him.
"David always has time to stop and talk to the team managers, the players and the fans and can be seen every weekend at sporting events.
"David Lems is truly Mr Sport of Ipswich."
Former QT sports editor Peter Gardiner described the young David Lems as "sports mad …in a good way".
"Lemsy covered most sports with a determination to give everyone outstanding coverage and a top read, but he saved a special fervour for reporting on his Musketeers baseball side,'' Mr Gardiner said.
"When I decided to move off the sports desk at the QT, I knew that Lemsy's would be the safest pair of hands for our readers, and he's proven over three decades, that he's prepared to go above and beyond to provide the best local coverage."