Arnold Geerdts hails from Springs, Gauteng, South Africa. That’s where he was born and schooled and he even made his debut there in journalism – he first delivered the Springs Advertiser as a schoolboy before writing for the paper as a sports journalist in 1983.
Arnold Geerdts has been broadcasting since 1984 when he hit the airwaves for Radio 5 and Springbok Radio. His television debut came in the same year when he first appeared as the television sports news anchor during the News at Eight: in English and Afrikaans.
This versatile wordsmith has been there ever since, anchoring test rugby, the golf majors, five Olympic Games, million rand fund raising events, through to the Comrades Marathon – a true marathon eleven hour live broadcast – where the anchor is required to link live on-camera, commentate and co-ordinate on-air information.
He has hosted Treasure Hunt/Skattejag, game shows, Ithuba million giveaways and the introduction of VAT in South Africa. For these shows Arnold did more than 800 interviews in just nine days. He is Super Sport’s – a world leading sports brand and broadcaster – most established presenter. And before you ask: they don’t use scripts on-air at all, but rely purely on their slick ad-libbing skills, massive knowledge and passion for sport to capture viewers.
He has had the privilege of interviewing living legends such as Gary Player, Lance Armstrong, Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gold medallists Kelly Holmes and Linford Christie as well as many more. Prominent leaders and celebrities that he has pointed a microphone at includes Nelson Mandela, Arnold Scwarzenegger, actor Morgan Freeman, entrepreneur Richard Branson, singer Chris Rea, cricket’s Richie Benaud, Sir Don Bradman, Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne as well as SA Presidents, FW de Klerk & Thabo Mbeki.
A keen golfer, Geerdts is currently a 12 handicapper, but says he often uses his short game to spectacular effect – off the tee! He has run more than 160 marathons and ultra marathons, has a 42.2-kilometer marathon best of 2 hours and 29 minutes (which ranked him in the top 100 in SA) and has completed 11 Comrades Marathons.
This fully bilingual and sought after Master of Ceremonies has MC’d for most top companies in South Africa. He is an after dinner speaker, sports commentator, game show host, television anchor, radio presenter, motivational speaker, producer, writer and voice-over artist. He is also a two-time winner of the prestigious SAB Sports Journalist of the Year Merit Award. He lists his broadcasting highlights as his Comrades Marathon telecasts, the Barcelona Olympics, the Australian cricket tour of 93/94, more than 100 rugby internationals, 550 Super rugby matches and more than 75 golf majors. He has been SuperSport’s studio anchor for six Tours de France and is a senior correspondent for the news channel, Super- Sport Blitz.
He has anchored, commentated, scripted and produced many other sports such as motor racing: track, rallying and off road, triathlon, adventure sports, track & field, tennis, boxing through to wheelchair basketball.
This passionate sports lover is a true all-rounder and lives, eats and breathes sport…whichever discipline it may be!
Arnold is married to his beloved Lily and has two sons, Corbin, 22, Kinah 11 and daughter, Lileah 4. He runs a 100 kilometers per week, gyms regularly and after 30 years in the business, is a highly respected member of the South African and African sporting community! President Nelson Mandela confirmed this when he signed Arnold’s copy of his book “Long Walk to Freedom” like this: “To Arnold, Best wishes to an outstanding sports official. N. Mandela.”
How to Introduce Arnold
Arnold Geerdts is an accomplished master of ceremonies with 30 years worth of experience. His Comrades Marathon talk for companies and corporates, centres on the formulae to success in training for, and finishing the world’s greatest ultra marathon and how to apply these fundamentals in business. This includes letting delegates experience the “running” of the race in seven minutes through a highly effective auditory visualisation presentation. His 27 years in the television presenting business, sought after master of ceremonies and voice over artist makes Arnie a captivating and intriguing speaker who entertains and motivates.