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Mike Bushell

Mike Bushell
Mike has also been an actor and a rock musician
Mike presents the sport on Breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays, some Sundays and in the week when Chris isn't around.

On Saturday mornings, Mike presents Breakfast's extended sports bulletin, and is on BBC One for an extra hour until 10am. He then stays on into the afternoon to present the sport on the BBC News channel.

What's more, if the mainstream sports don't float your boat, then Mike's slots are worth staying around for - after each Saturday morning bulletin, he puts on his shorts and profiles an alternative sport or activity that doesn't usually get the limelight. The idea is that Mike represents the beginner with a view to getting people off the sofa and trying something new at a weekend. He's now tried over 125 sports or activities! The highlights include sailing up the Thames with Ben Ainslie, learning backhand with Serena Williams, rockitball, rolling down a hill in a giant hamster ball, (known as zorbing), husky racing in Berkshire, joining the Indian Kabbaddi team at the Asian games in Doha, indoor sky diving, thundercat racing, bobsleighing, air-racing, ice cricket, polo, shinty, swamp soccer, and shin kicking!

Even though he's got dozens more in the pipeline, he'd love to hear your suggestions - just email him.

It's a weekend, so we want to showcase the many different pursuits that people are spending their time and money on.

Take a look at some of the highlights by visiting Bushell's Best.

On Fridays, Mike looks at stories of dedication and sacrifice at grassroots sport - tales of unsung heroes, like the parents who give up their entire weekends ferrying their children to matches and training. Does that sound familiar?!

Do you have any stories of amazing dedication to sport? Know of people whose lives have been completely taken over? Send Mike an email, he'd love to hear from you.

Mike's background was in acting, including four years in the National Youth Theatre. A degree in theatre and television followed, but while trying to make ends meet as an actor, he broke into journalism on a local newspaper in Winchester and the rest is history.

After a break from his journalism course (to tour Europe as lead singer in a rock band) he returned to newspapers in Derby and Windsor, before joining the BBC in 1990 as a reporter with Radio Solent.

His big TV break came with a job on the Isle of Wight - and having always been a keen long distance runner, footballer, cricketer and supporter of Leeds United, his move into sport was almost inevitable.

As well presenting the sport on South Today, he had his own entertainment slot and fronted a 40-part history series to mark the Millennium.

Mike was one of the first faces on air when News 24 started in 1997 (now the BBC News channel), and still occasionally presents the sport on BBC News and BBC World News during the week.

As well weekend presenting duties on Breakfast, he has been doing some reporting for the programme, including the story of the robot camel jockeys that have saved the lives of children in the Middle East.

Mike is married with three young daughters, which means gaining control of the remote to watch sport at home is one of the biggest challenges he faces!

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