Olympian Matt Shirvington joins Seven for rescheduled Olympic Games coverage

Seven is continuing to build its Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games broadcast team with the addition of Olympian Matt Shirvington to the lineup.

Shirvington will join the team on the rescheduled games and become the weekend sports anchor for the network, working alongside newsreader Michael Usher.

Shirvington has over ten years of experience, including working across multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Shirvington said he was excited to start a new chapter with the network.

“To be working in a newsroom alongside the best in the business is a privilege. It’s a return of sorts, having begun my television career with Seven. And it would be no surprise that as an Olympian, being able to work on another Games coverage is exactly where I want to be,” he said.

“I have gained a wealth of experience from my time at Foxtel and Fox Sports, for which I am grateful, which will only strengthen my contribution to the 7NEWS team.”

On the appointment, network director of news and public affairs Craig McPherson said: “Matt brings a wealth of experience and energy to our superb team. The drive and commitment required to be an elite athlete has benchmarked Matt’s broadcasting career.

“Instilled qualities to be the best at what he does with a Sydney and sporting pedigree across athletics, Rugby League, Australian Rules and Rugby. This is an exciting new beginning for our 7NEWS sport department, 7Sport and Matt.”

Sydney news director, Jason Morrison, added: “Matt has proven himself to be a champion in everything he’s tackled, and he’s excelled in his media career. We can’t wait to have him working with Mel McLaughlin and our sports team.”

Born and raised in Sydney’s north-east, Shirvington is one of the greats of Australian track and field and represented his country at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships.

He began his media career with the Seven Network in 2005 as a host and reporter on Beyond Tomorrow before joining Sky News in 2009. Since 2013, Shirvington has been a mainstay of Fox Sports NRL coverage, most recently as host of NRL Tonight.


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