Sport Australia last night presented legendary sports commentator Dennis Cometti with a lifetime excellence award in sports journalism.
Cometti was recognised for a career which has spanned over 50 years, calling a wide range of sports including test cricket, olympic swimming and his speciality — AFL football.
Sports Australia Chair John Wylie presented Cometti the award, describing him as a “doyen of Australian sport broadcasting”.
“During his career he has brought so many sporting moments to life with his insightful, quick-witted and confident commentary that has always been delivered with impeccable timing,” Wylie said.
In Cometti's acceptance speech he thanked many of his colleges over the years, especially his long-time partner at Channel 7 and friend Bruce McAvaney who is a previous recipient of the award.
"“Trust is a big thing in broadcasting and I don’t think I trusted anyone more than I trusted Bruce,” Cometti said.
Since retiring from full-time commitments with Channel 7 at the end of 2016, Cometti has continued to lead our Perth broadcast team at Triple M Footy on Mix 94.5.