For as long as he can remember, Stephen Peios has always wanted to be the voice.
Right from his days growing up in Queanbeyan, when he would stay up at all hours of the night to watch wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts or football in the lounge room, he wanted to be the showman.
But for a long time, he just wasn't sure how. And then one decision changed everything.
It all started with a bucks party, because of course it did. No way was Peios going to jump in as a few "big beasts" wrestled around a hotel room.
Instead, he decided to be a ring announcer a few steps clear of their makeshift ring.
When the dust settled and the room was reassembled, Canberra fighter Ben Edwards threw an arm around Peios and said "mate, you were awesome at that, you should be a ring announcer".
In the blink of an eye, Peios was put in touch with Capital Fight Show promoter Nick Boutzos, who decided there was no better way to test the so-called pair of golden tonsils than trial by fire.
"I do remember that first night, getting up in front of everyone. I was almost shitting myself," Peios laughed.
"Like 'wow, this is the first step in doing what you want to do in getting to that world stage'."
Not one to leave anything to chance, Peios flourished under the bright lights and the opportunities came in waves.
Within a few years he went from a humble Queanbeyan radio station studio to centre stage at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as the boxing announcer.
Soon enough he was rubbing shoulders with Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric at the FIFA Club World Cup and voicing the AFC Asian Cup.
And now he is soaking up the chance of a lifetime as an announcer based at the famed Parc des Princes for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
"Even when you go back to the days of Queanbeyan FM and effectively going there to have a bit of a laugh and to practice talking sport week after week, month after month, year after year," Peios said.
"The fact this leads me now to a World Cup in Paris is something I'm pretty happy with. The beauty of this is it just gives me a platform to keep enjoying it.
"It's been a long journey and a fun journey, and it is only just beginning really."