A recent guest speaker at the Kapiti Rotary Club, was Raumati Beach resident John McBeth, a well-known New Zealand sports broadcaster over the last four decades.
Mr McBeth continues to travel the world for a variety of contracted sports assignments, and says he has no intention of surrendering the microphone just yet.
Mr McBeth relayed to the Rotarians and visitors his first-hand behind the scenes commentary on some of the most spectacular international events that he has attended. His particular focus was on the Olympic Games that he has broad cast on seven occasions.
He says one highlight was at Athens Olympics, where he called 250 swimming races; 1150 dives; and 20 synchronised swimming events.
Other memories relate to his first Rugby World Cup in 1987; the Americas Cup in San Diego, and three subsequent Americas Cups in Auckland and Valencia.