BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell revealed as the special guest speaker at Nottingham City Business Club Christmas lunch

Mike will take guests 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 promises plenty of surprises, a game and the true story of why he fell in a swimming pool live on air.

He started his career working for local newspapers before joining BBC Radio Solent in Southampton in 1990 and then moved into television on BBC South. In 2006 he started his BBC Breakfast TV show on a Saturday morning with the mission of proving that there is a sport for everyone and showing that no-one should be left out because they feel embarrassed, rubbish or unfit to do sport

Mike refers to himself as a beginner at these sports – as a ‘non-athlete’ – to try and encourage more people off the sofa and to be more active. He has tried and profiled over 550 sporting activities on his Saturday morning programme.

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.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to meet leaders of the Nottinghamshire business community at such a festive time and although I haven’t got a business brain, I hope I can surprise and entertain,” said Mike Bushell. “Nottingham is the home of speed skating and was the base of croquet when King Charles the first was around and I can’t wait to return.”

“Whereas our aim is to secure high quality speakers from the world of business at our regular monthly events, when it comes to Christmas the focus is very much on entertainment and we look forward to welcoming Mike to the club,” said club president Ian Roberts.

The event will take place at the Park Plaza Hotel, on Maid Marian Way, Nottingham with registration beginning at 11:30am. Tickets cost £50 for members and £65 for non members.