Chris Dittmar is an Australian sports commentator, the World No. 1-ranked men's squash player. Dittmar is considered to be the "best player never to have won" one of squash's two biggest titles, he finished runner-up at the World Open five times – in 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992 – and was runner-up at the British Open twice – in 1985 and 1993. Dittmar was unlucky to have been around during the same era as two great Pakistani players – Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan. Dittmar provided the most consistent challenge of any player to the dominance of these two greats during the 1980s and early-1990s, but never quite managed to break their iron grip on the game. In all seven of the World Open and British Open finals he played in, Dittmar lost to one of the two Khans. There were several occasions in his career when Dittmar managed to beat one of the Khans in a semi-final round, only to lose to the other in the final. Dittmar won what is remembered as one of the sport's classic matches against Jahangir Khan in the semi-finals of the 1989 World Open in Kuala Lumpur, taking the fifth set 15-13.
The following day in the final, he took a two set lead against Jansher, but tired as the long match wore on and lost in five sets. Dittmar has claimed that the proudest moment of his career came in captaining the Australian team to victory in World Team Squash Championships in 1989. Australia beat Pakistan 3-0 in the final, with Dittmar contributing a win over Jahangir Khan. Two years in 1991, Dittmar captained the Australian team which defended the title. Prior to turning professional, Dittmar was runner-up at the World Junior Championships in both 1980 and 1982, won the British Open Junior Championship in 1981. Dittmar won several professional titles, including three Australian Opens, three Canadian Opens, three European Opens, three New Zealand Opens, two South African Opens, his consistency helped him capture the World No. 1 ranking shortly before he retired as a player in 1993. He was ranked No. 3 for much longer periods. Dittmar was known for being forthright in expressing his views as a player during his career, represented his fellow players as President of the International Squash Players Association for several years.
Dittmar served as Patron of Squash Australia from 2002 to 2005. He was inducted into the Squash Australia Hall of Fame in 2005. Since retiring as a squash player, Dittmar has worked as a television sports commentator in Australia for Channel Seven, he has worked for Adelaide radio stations FIVEaa and Triple M. He hosted FIVEaa's soccer show on Sunday evenings for a period, hosts'Roo and Ditts for Breakfast' on Triple M with Mark Ricciuto, he has been an Australian rules football commentator for both stations. Dittmar suffered a small brain haemorrhage requiring hospitalisation in July 2009. Dittmar comes from a well-known sports family in Adelaide, his father played Australian rules football for Port Adelaide Football Club. His uncle Wally played for Port Adelaide and represented South Australia in State of Origin Football, and his uncle Len was crowned the Australian welterweight boxing champion in the 1950s. His son Tom used to play for soccer club WT Birkalla but now plays for soccer club Comets FC.
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Mark Beretta is an Australian journalist, best known as a sports reporter on Seven Network program Sunrise. 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. A water-skier, Beretta was a 10-times Australian champion of the sport, he began his media career before moving to Triple M Melbourne. Beretta rose up through the ranks of sport broadcasting in Australia through his National Basketball League reports on Network Ten, 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. 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. Beretta joined with Tom Williams to host Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete, in 2010. In 2011, he again hosted this time alongside dual international, Wendell Sailor.
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. Mark co-hosted Sunrise with former Nine News presenter and current Today host 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 ran on Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm. 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 a fill in presenter for Larry Emdur on The Morning Show and he is a fill in sport presenter on Seven News in Sydney.
In 2013, Beretta hosted Seven's coverage of the Australian Open. Beretta has two children. In 2010, he completed a 1,400 km Tour de Cure bike ride from Sydney to Mooloolaba over ten days, which raised $1.8 million to help find a cure for cancer. Mark 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 distance of 1,656 km, from Brisbane to Mission Beach, in 10 days to raise over $2.2 million for cancer research 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. Beretta was part of the Water Ski Show at World Expo 88 in Brisbane. Beretta coached water skiing in the 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. Mark is an Ambassador for the Fight Cancer Foundation, the Australian Paramedic Support Foundation. Elite Sports profile
Ann Sanders, is an Australian television journalist and news presenter. Sanders is the presenter of Seven Morning News and Seven Afternoon News Sydney. Sanders began her broadcasting career with SAS-7 in Adelaide, South Australia as a weather presenter before moving to Seven Perth. During this time she won two consecutive Logie Awards for Most Popular Female Personality in Western Australia, she moved to Sydney in 1983 to join Network Ten as a consumer reporter and news presenter before returning to the Seven Network as a news presenter in 1988. Sanders joined the national morning news program 11AM in 1990 and travelled to Chernobyl, reporting on the radiation fall-out disaster. Sanders started presenting the weeknight edition of Seven News Sydney in 1995, before being joined by Ross Symonds in 1998 until she moved to weekends in 2004, she stayed until May 2006. Sanders was in Thredbo at the scene of the landslide disaster in 1997 and collected a Logie Award on behalf of the Seven News team for coverage of the event.
Other major stories she has covered include the funeral of Princess of Wales in London. She was involved in Federal and State election coverages and the Sydney Olympics in 2000 for Seven News. Sanders presented hourly news updates on The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur from 2007 until 2015. Ryan Phelan replaced her due to her taking on Seven Afternoon News. Sanders has filled in for Natalie Barr on Sunrise, she is a fill-in presenter for Seven News Sydney. She hosted the national Seven Afternoon News bulletin at 4pm, before it was replaced by state-based bulletins in 2017. Sanders continues to host the local Sydney edition of this bulletin. Sanders is patron of The Children's Music Foundation, is on the women's advisory committee for the National Breast Cancer Centre, is an ambassador for Osteoporosis Australia
Kylie Gillies is Hot Australian television presenter for the Seven Network, based in Sydney, Australia. Gillies is the co-host of The Morning Show with Larry Emdur. Gillies attended Tamworth High School, she started working as a researcher at radio station 2TM began working as a reporter and news presenter for Prime Television for ten years. Her first role at Seven was an assistant producer on Seven's Late News with Anne Fulwood. Prior to The Morning Show, Kylie's most recognised role at the Seven Network was on Sportsworld as the sports news presenter, she presented the sports news headlines at least twice during the program. Gillies is a reporter for Seven's Australian Open Tennis coverage, providing the weather and the sports reports for each day of the Open. Gillies was Weekend Sunrise sport presenter and filled in on Sunrise if Natalie Barr, Mark Beretta or Melissa Doyle were away, taking their position reading the news, sport or presenting the show, she used to regularly present Seven News late news updates, sharing the position with Chris Bath and Samantha Armytage.
In December 2006, Kylie was a regular presenter of the weekend sport report on Sydney's edition of Seven News. She has presented on Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise, Seven Morning News, Seven 4.30 News and Seven News in Sydney. In June 2007, Gillies began her role as co-host on The Morning Show with Larry Emdur, which airs after Sunrise In June 2009, Kylie announced that she would take part in Dancing With The Stars, she finished in third place. In 2010, Gillies received a Walkley award for her contribution to journalism. In April 2011, she presented reports for The Morning Show and Seven News live from London for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Gillies has been a fill in presenter on Today Tonight. In 2014, Gillies and her The Morning Show co-host Larry Emdur, whose studio is just across from the Sydney Lindt Cafe, were able to view and report on the events of the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis, as the events unfolded, before transferring transmission to the network's Melbourne StudiosShe celebrated 20 years with Channel Seven, ten years with co-host Emdur on The Morning Show in 2017.
Gillies married journalist Tony Gillies in 1989 and they have two sons and Archie. Kylie Gillies profile on The Morning Show website
Angela Tsun is an Australian television and radio presenter. Tsun is weekend news presenter on Seven News in Perth, she currently co-hosts The Dead Set Legends on Mix 94.5. Tsun lived and worked in Sydney before taking up residence in Perth, she holds a Bachelor of Science Communications from the University of New South Wales. During Tsun's first semester of studying Science Communications at the University of New South Wales, after an excursion to Foxtel's The Weather Channel, she was offered the job of a weather presenter by the television station. Tsun began her reporting career as a weather presenter in 2002 on Foxtel's The Weather Channel in Sydney where she hosted the documentary series Wild World of Weather and presented the Beach and Surf reports. In 2008, Tsun moved to Perth to join the Nine Network and WIN Television news team at Nine News Perth, she presented weather on 6 pm news bulletins. She regularly filed travels stories for Getaway and reported on Today. In January 2013, Tsun joined the Seven Network as a weather presenter on the Seven News Perth to anchor the local Seven 4.30 News and present the weather on the 6pm news from Monday to Thursday.
In February 2015, Tsun was appointed weekend presenter of Seven News Perth. She co-hosts The Dead Set Legends with Adrian Barich on Mix 94.5. Tsun is a member of the Australian Science Communicators Association. Website Twitter Facebook
Timothy Michael Watson is a former Australian rules footballer and coach, sports journalist and media personality. Watson is notable for his long career at the Essendon Football Club as a player where he participated in several premiership teams, he was the fourth-youngest player to play in the VFL/AFL competition and made a comeback after retirement which included another premiership. Tim is media personality. On television he appears on the Seven Network, where he presents the sport on the network's 6:00 pm Melbourne news bulletin and has a special comments role on the station's Australian Football League football coverage. Watson made his VFL debut in 1977 for Essendon at the age of fifteen years and 305 days, the fourth-youngest player in the history of the League. Tim won the Essendon best-and-fairest award four times. In 1989, he won the AFL Players Association MVP award, now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy. Watson played the ruck-rover in Essendon's 1985 grand final victories, he was made captain in 1989 and held that position until 1991, before retiring from the game due to the injury problems that had plagued the part of his career.
In the 1992 pre-season draft, Watson was recruited by the West Coast Eagles though he had signalled his intention to retire. He never played a game for the club, instead continuing a commentary role with the Seven Network for 1992. Early in the 1993 season Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy lured Watson out of retirement. Although Watson was not as fit as he had once been, was never able to recapture his top form, he played a vital role in the forward line, kicking some important goals throughout the year, his experience in what was a young team was instrumental in helping Essendon win an unexpected premiership that year. After the 1994 season, Watson kicked 335 goals. Since his retirement, Watson was named the sixth greatest player to play for Essendon in the "Champions of Essendon" list, was named ruck-rover in their "Team of the Century". Watson was the coach of the St Kilda Football Club in 1999 and 2000, his success was limited, with the side winning only 12 of the 44 matches they played while he was in charge.
In 2000, St Kilda won only two games for the entire season and Watson resigned during the year, forgoing the final year of his three-year contract. Like many past players, Watson has become a media personality, serving as a sports presenter on Seven News in Melbourne as well as having a special comments role on Seven's AFL coverage, he has appeared on many football-related TV shows, as a sports columnist in The Age newspaper, from 2004 until 2013, a co-host on the Morning Glory show with Andrew Maher, on Melbourne radio station 1116 SEN. In November 2013, Watson resigned from 1116 SEN to spend more time at the Seven Network, it was announced that he would replace Sandy Roberts as weeknight sport presenter on Seven News in Melbourne. In 2015, Watson returned to the breakfast shift at 1116 SEN. During the late 1970s, Watson's older brother Larry played at Essendon as well as Fitzroy before moving to Adelaide to play with West Adelaide in 1981, going on to win the SANFL premiership with Wests in 1983.
In 1993 Tim was named'Victorian Father of the Year'. In the 2002 National Draft, his son, Jobe Watson, was drafted by Essendon under the father-son rule. Tim and Jobe were both coached by Kevin Sheedy. Tim has a younger brother Rick who lives in Tocumwal in New South Wales. Tim Watson – Champions of Essendon Tim Watson – SEN profile Tim Watson – Saxton Speakers Bureau Tim Watson – 7news profile
Samantha Armytage is an Australian television news presenter. Armytage became a co-host of Sunrise alongside David Koch in 2013, she has co-hosted Weekend Sunrise and presented Seven 4.30 News. Armytage began her media career at WIN Television in Canberra in 1999, as a news reporter and presenter in Canberra. Following this she joined Sky News Australia in 2002. Armytage joined the Seven Network in April 2013 after being noticed by the network executives while covering the 2003 Canberra Bushfires. In December 2004, she landed her first major presenting role, filling-in as presenter on Seven News Sydney over the Summer non-ratings period. Following the non-ratings period she had stints presenting Seven Morning News, the national late news updates, filling in as presenter of Seven News Sydney. Throughout 2005 and 2006, Armytage was a regular fill-in presenter for Chris Bath on Seven News Sydney. In October 2006, Armytage replaced Mike Amor as presenter of Seven 4.30 News. She had replaced Rebecca Maddern as presenter when the network moved production from Melbourne to Sydney.
In June 2007, Armytage was appointed co-host of Weekend Sunrise alongside Andrew O'Keefe, replacing Lisa Wilkinson who moved to Today on the Nine Network. In 2011, she was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and continued to file reports for Sunday Night, while being a regular fill-in presenter on Sunrise, Today Tonight and The Morning Show. In June 2013, Armytage was announced as the replacement for Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle. In 2014, she presented the makeover reality show Bringing Sexy Back, cancelled after one season due to low ratings. In March 2015, Armytage was accused of racism in an on-air interview, after congratulating a woman for looking whiter than her twin, she apologised after on online petition calling for he to do. In February 2016, a Sex and The City themed skit on Sunrise with actress Kristen Davis backfired on Armytage. Davis had appeared on the show to discuss her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but on Twitter expressed her annoyance that Sunrise focused on her role in Sex and The City.
After the incident, meant to MC and conduct an interview with Davis at a UN event in Sydney, was asked not to host or attend the event. In March 2018, Armytage hosted a segment on Sunrise focusing on Aboriginal adoption, during which she incorrectly claimed that Aboriginal children could not be fostered by White people and stated that "Post-Stolen Generation, there's been a huge move to leave Aboriginal children where they are if they're being neglected in their own families." Protests were held outside the Sunrise studio in Martin Place in response to the segment. In September 2018, the Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled that the segment had breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, as it contained inaccurate statements and "strong negative generalisations about Indigenous people as a group". Samantha is a direct descendant of a pioneer British settler in Australia, he received sizable grants of land at Bagdad in Tasmania, obtained larger areas in Western Victoria as a pastoral squatter.
As a result of much of this land being forcibly taken from Aboriginals by the Armytages and their colonial property managers, they were involved in several instances of frontier conflict. For example, when taking ownership of an area near Geelong in 1836, Charles Franks was speared to death by Wathaurung. A subsequent punitive expedition against local Aboriginals served as "a warning to the natives not in the future to commit wanton excesses" against the British occupiers; the advantages of obtaining vast areas of land for free were soon realised and the Armytages became exceedingly wealthy, owning famous mansions such as The Hermitage in Geelong, Como House in Toorak. They expanded their enterprise into properties in New South Wales and Queensland, into the lucrative frozen meat industry; the Armytages retained their pastoral heritage into recent times, with Samantha Armytage's father being a property manager near Adaminaby. Funny side of life for popular TV host, smh.com.au Russell Crowe and Samantha Armytage flirt their way through Channel 7 set, dailytelegraph.com.au Lessons of television breakfast chemistry, news.com.au "Fitzy and Wippa's'naked prank' on Sunrise host Samantha Armytage slammed as'offensive'", couriermail.com.au "7 News presenter profile".
Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Weekend Sunrise profile Seven News website Sunrise website Samantha Armytage on IMDb