Mark Beretta

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Mark Beretta
Mark and Rachael Beretta 2011 (2).jpg
Born (1966-06-16) 16 June 1966 (age 51)
Geelong
Occupation Sports presenter
Spouse(s) Rachel
Children 2

Mark Beretta (born 16 June 1966) is an Australian journalist, best known as sports reporter on Seven Network program Sunrise.

Early life and career[edit]

Beretta was born in Geelong, Victoria on 16 June 1966. He was educated at St Joseph's College and graduated from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne with an Engineering Degree.

Originally a water-skier, Beretta was a 10-times Australian champion of the sport. He began his media career on Geelong radio station 3GL in 1989, before moving to Triple M Melbourne. Beretta quickly rose up through the ranks of sport broadcasting in Australia through his National Basketball League reports on Network Ten, and in 1995 the Seven Network signed him up to a sports reporting role, which he continues today on Sunrise and Seven Early News. Beretta, is a fill in for David Koch on Sunrise when he is absent.

In July 2008, Beretta began presenting Seven Early News sport alongside Natalie Barr at 5.30am, which leads into Sunrise, where he is still the sports presenter.[1] Beretta joined with Tom Williams to host Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete, in 2010. In 2011, he again hosted the show, this time alongside dual international, Wendell Sailor.

Publication[edit]

In October 2010, Beretta released his book The Riders - Australia's Motorcycle Champions through publisher HarperCollins. The Riders offers an insider’s view of the world of motorcycle racing, with a collection of stories on 24 of Australia’s greatest motorbike champions.

Sunrise[edit]

Mark formerly co-hosted Sunrise with current Nine News presenter and Today news presenter Georgie Gardner from 2000 to 2002. From 2002 to mid-2004 he moved to presenting the sport on Seven News in Sydney.

Beretta hosted the coverage of the 1998 Nagano, 2000 Sydney and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, as well as the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

In 2006, Beretta was the host of Seven Network's quiz show, The Master, which originally ran on Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm (later moved to Monday nights at 7:30 pm during the non-ratings season).

From 2007 until 2014, Beretta was part of the Seven Network's V8 Supercar commentary team, working alongside Matthew White, Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife and Mark Larkham.

Beretta is also a fill in presenter for Larry Emdur on The Morning Show and he is also a fill in sport presenter on Seven News in Sydney. In 2013, Beretta hosted Seven's coverage of the Australian Open.

Mark Beretta 2010

Personal life[edit]

Beretta is married and has two children.

In 2010, he completed a 1,400 km Tour De Cure bike ride from Sydney to Mooloolaba over ten days, raising $1.8 million to help find a cure for cancer. Mark also completed the 2011 Tour De Cure ride over 1,400 km from Sydney to Melbourne, raising over $2 million for cancer research and treatment. In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Tour De Cure. Beretta completed his third Tour de Cure ride in 2012, covering the longest ever distance of 1,656 km, from Brisbane to Mission Beach, in 10 days to raise over $2.2 million for cancer research, treatment and prevention.

He won his first Australian water ski championship in the Junior Boys Jump event in 1980, at Glenelg in Adelaide.

Beretta represented Victoria for 16 years, winning 10 Australian water ski championships.

Beretta was part of the Water Ski Show at World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

Beretta coached water skiing in the USA and Japan. He was coach of the Japanese Team in 1989.

After graduating from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, he worked for BHP and Honeywell.

He is an Ambassador for the RAISE Foundation, which assists young people in crisis.

Mark is also an Ambassador for the Fight Cancer Foundation, and the Australian Paramedic Support Foundation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunrise plays catch up to Today Show". news.com.au. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Originator
Sunrise
Sport presenter

2004 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Originator
Seven Early News
Sport presenter

2008 - 2015
Succeeded by
Jodie Speers
Preceded by
Andrew Voss and Michael Slater
Australia's Greatest Athlete
Host with Tom Williams (2010) and Wendell Sailor (2011)

2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Program ceased
Preceded by
Kylie Gillies
Seven News Sydney
Weeknight sport presenter

2002 - 2004
Succeeded by
Matthew White
Preceded by
Program re-started
Sunrise
Co-host with Georgie Gardner

2000 - 2002
Succeeded by
Chris Reason