Mike Bushell, who presents the sport on BBC Breakfast, was the special guest speaker at the recent Nottingham City Business Club Christmas event.
He entertained guests by taking them on a journey through a wonderful world of sporting surprises… how worms and a bog changed lives through sport and how, in 12 years on BBC Breakfast, the sporting landscape has changed completely, to show that there really is a sport for all. He also revealed the true story of why he fell in a swimming pool live on air.
He refers to himself as a non-athlete and beginner at over 500 sports that he has tried out on his BBC Breakfast TV show on a Saturday morning.
His mission is to prove that there is a sport for everyone and show that no-one should be left out because they feel embarrassed, rubbish or unfit to do sport, in order to encourage more people off the sofa and be more active.
It was fantastic to meet such an inspirational group of people – what a group and what a city
In addition Mike presents the main sport bulletins on BBC Breakfast on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and presents the sport on the BBC Network bulletins at the weekend and on the BBC News channel.
Now one of the most famous and successful sports presenters, Mike has reported from all over the world for all sorts of events such as the World Cup, the Olympics and, most recently, the Commonwealth Games in Australia, where he fell into a swimming pool live on BBC 1 while interviewing some swimmers.
He has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, the Chase, Egg Heads and Sport Relief. He is the author of ‘Bushell’s Best Bits’ and a world record holder for trying different sports which all started when aged 15, he ran 175 miles in six days.
“It was the most wonderful speaking experience ever,” said Mike Bushell. “It was fantastic to meet such an inspirational group of people – what a group and what a city. I just didn’t want to leave. I have been blown away and can see why Robin Hood settled here. ”
We always try and make the club’s December lunch light hearted and Mike certainly fulfilled that brief
“We always try and make the club’s December lunch light hearted and Mike certainly fulfilled that brief’’ said Ian Roberts, president of Nottingham City Business Club. “His sporting stories and games were very entertaining and the feedback from our members and guests has been extremely positive.’’
Nottingham City Business Club was established in 1924, with its membership encompassing senior business leaders in Nottingham.
The club holds monthly lunch events for members to meet fellow business people in Nottingham, with prominent guests invited to speak on business-related affairs.