John McBeth has been a sports broadcaster for 30 years so can quite justifiably be termed a "veteran". He was New Zealand's leading radio rugby commentator for 10 years and covered all the All Black tours, internal tours and the first two World Cups.
John was with TVNZ from 1993 to 2007 as a commentator and presenter.
He has been involved in three Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games, three Americas Cup regattas and three Rugby World Cups as well as numerous other sporting events.
John has a unique record which he hopes will not be standing after the 2011 RWC. He remains the only New Zealand radio commentator to have described the All Blacks winning a Rugby World Cup. That was back in 1987 when David Kirk led the All Blacks to victory in the final against France.
So John has plenty of memories to share in this important year of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
But whether as guest speaker or Master of Ceremonies, he has plenty of other experiences to call on to keep your audience happy.
He has been to six Olympic Games, seven Commonwealth Games and has described our sailors win, defend and lose the America's Cup. He has been thrust into the role of synchronised swimming commentator and recently commentated on 'soft tennis' at the Asian Games in China.
John is a humorous, iconic and anecdotal speaker on all things sport and his mate Keith Quinn