Mark was born in Geelong, Victoria and educated at St Joseph’s College and later graduated from Swinburne University, Melbourne with an Engineering Degree. Marks early years were spent carving up the Barwon River with his brothers Chris & Paul at the Geelong Water Ski Club. Both parents Dave & Joan were also both active skiers later moving into roles as highly respected water ski event judges around the world.
Mark won his first of 10 National Championship as a Junior Boy a in the Jump event in Glenelg Adelaide 1980. Mark went onto represent Victoria 16 times, was a highly respected coach in the USA and was the Japanese team coach in 1989.
After retiring from competitive skiing Mark was part of the Water Ski Show at World Expo ’88 in Brisbane as both skier and announcer. He was also the senior announcer at the richest water ski event in the world, The Moomba Masters.
He began his media career on Geelong radio station 3GL in 1989, before moving to Triple M Melbourne. Mark quickly rose up through the ranks of sport broadcasting in Australia through his NBL reports on Network Ten and his hosting and expert commentary of the Moomba Masters, telecast by the Seven Network. He is still regarded today as the best live commentator of competitive water skiing around the world. In 1995 the Seven Network signed him up to a sports reporting role, which he continues today on the highly successful Sunrise and Seven Early News. Mark, is also a fill in for David Koch on Sunrise when he is absent.
Mark formerly co-hosted Sunrise with current Nine News presenter Georgie Garnder from 2000 to 2002. From 2002 to mid-2004 he moved to presenting the Sport on Seven News in Sydney.
Mark has hosted the coverage of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Nagano Olympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, and 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. He has also commentated at all of the recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Since 2007, Mark has been part of the Seven Network’s V8 Supercar commentary team and today remains a senior presenter of Seven’s coverage of the Australian Tennis Open.
Marks others passions outside of his family and water skiing are his commitment to the Tour De Cure bike ride raising funds for cancer research, treatment and prevention. Mark has ridden in every Tour De Cure since 2010 and was appointed to the board of Tour De Cure in 2011.
Mark is an Ambassador for the RAISE Foundation, which assists young people in crisis and is also an Ambassador for the Fight Cancer Foundation, and the Australian Paramedic Support Foundation.
Water Ski and Wakeboard Australia are proud to have Mark Beretta as our official Patron.