Swimming coach Dean Boxall declared winner of Who’s Calling Christian? on GOLD 104.3

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Enthusiastic swimming coach Dean Boxall – who went viral when Ariarne Titmus won Gold at the Tokyo Olympics – has won Christian O’Connell’s ‘Who’s Calling Christian?’ competition.

The competition encouraged listeners of the GOLD 104.3 Breakfast program to get a celebrity to call O’Connell during his show.

The best celebrity call would win $25,000 for the listener who compelled the celebrity to phone in, with a further $25,000 going to the celebrity’s charity of choice.

In the case of Boxall, however, the entire $50,000 was given to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

The competition had celebrity contenders including Seal, Denise Richards, AJ McLean from the Backstreet Boys, Fran Dresher, Olivia Netwon John and Spiderbait’s Kram, who used his time on air to dedicate a song to Guy Sebastian while taking a dig at his vaccine controversy.

Boxhall was in shock he’d beaten out the big-name stars.

“You little beauty, you little beauty,” he said on air. “I thought I had no chance.  This is unbelievable for Bruce and Denise [of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation].  I can’t believe it. This is like winning the Gold.  I just want kids safe.”

O’Connell said the competition had brought a lot of hope and joy to the program.

“With the way this year has been I wasn’t sure if Who’s Calling Christian? would work, but once again, it’s brought so much joy into our show and to our listeners. It’s proper live radio where anyone could suddenly call from anywhere in the world, and I love walking that tightrope. We’ve been blown away by how many celebrities have been contacted by our listeners & called the show to win $25,000 for an Australian charity.”

Listen to the winner announcement and Dean Boxall interview: 

Listen to Dean Boxall’s original Who’s Calling Christian? call: 

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15 Sep 2021 - 3:31 pm

Is that two years in a row that no listener won the prize?

It’s all staged, i guess.

15 Sep 2021 - 8:51 pm

To @Hmm

Third year — but in 2019, the listener decided to donate his winning to Olivia Newton-John’s charity, while in 2020, the listener was from the UK and therefore can’t win…


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