Speakers Profile - Basil Zempilas

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As senior sports presenter, Basil is the face of sport at Channel 7 Perth.

After graduating from Murdoch University in 1993, Basil joined Channel 7 Perth as a final year cadet reporter.

From there his list of credits include AFL reporter, Olympic and Commonwealth Games commentator and Seven News Sports Presenter.

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, Basil was behind the microphone for Steven Bradbury's historic win in the 1000m Speed Skating , Australia 's first Winter Olympic Gold medal.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Basil called Australia's coxless pair of Drew Gin and James Tomkins across the line for Gold at the Rowing, as well as "The Opals" Silver medal in Basketball.

Basil also represented the Seven Network at the 1998 World Swimming Championships in Perth , the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia and in 1999 was courtside for Australia 's victorious Davis Cup Final in Nice , France.

In 2000, Basil was part of the network hosting and commentary team at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Away from traditional sports presentation, Basil fronted "Basil's Footy Show" - a live football/variety program and also hosted Seven Perth's "Perthat Five" - an afternoon chat and interview program. Basil is also one of the main anchors for their annual children's appeal, "Telethon".

Basil has worked in both AM and FM breakfast radio. For two years he hosted Radio 6PR's "talkback" breakfast program and is currently part of the stations AFL commentary team. In 2009 he will be part of 92.9's Em and Sam Mac show.

In March 2004, a portrait of Basil by Perth Artist Melinda Mackay was entered in the prestigious Archibald Prize and in November of 2004 Basil featured in Cleo Magazine's "50 Most Eligible Bachelors".