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Media Crew

The VR Sport Media Crew are a highly experienced team of professionals. Each individual strives to getting the job done to the highest quality with a ‘Can Do’ attitude. Nothing is too big or too small. 

Everyone within the company are enthusiastic sailors with racing backgrounds – some more than others…. 

SASKIA CLARK
Lead Presenter

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MARK ‘CORKY’ RHODES
Commentator

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ELLIE MEOPHAM
Reporter

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Saskia is a highly accomplished international sailor competing at three Olympic Games in the 470 Women’s Class. She is proud to have claimed a Silver in London 2012 and Gold in Rio 2016 before retiring to take a role in broadcasting. Recently awarded as the Rolex World Sailor of the Year for her accomplishments in 2016. Her extensive public profile within sailing enables her to get in the action with the athletes and desire to promote the sport.

Sailing and coaching on a world level with a proven track record across a multitude of fleets, Corky’s extensive knowledge enables him to engage with both sailors and non-sailors through media channels. Corky has commentated and presented for series such as the Extreme Sailing Series, Americas Cup, The Transat and other high profile events. 

A top youth sailor and many trophies under her belt internationally – Ellie brings a wealth of experience from the sailor’s perspective. She has presented at some of the top events in 2016 including the America’s Cup World Series and several world championships including the Etchells and International 14. 

SIMON BUTTERWORTH
Managing Director

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TOM MAPPLEBECK
Media Consultant

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OLIVER MERZ
Photographer & Videographer

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Simon is the founder of VR Sport Media with the vision of offering the complete package for watersport events across the world. He has extensive background in marketing, PR and publishing with a passion for sailing. Through his businesses, ‘Mr VR’, has sponsored over 150 junior and youth sailors in the last seven years with the mantra “Have Fun – Race Hard!” – with a strong belief of giving back to the sport. 

Tom has been involved in the dinghy and keelboat sailing world competing at international events as both sailor and coach.  He brings to the team a extensive knowledge and a passion for sports media. He spends his weekends and free time back in Cork (Ireland) with his family. 

Oliver is an accomplished producer, cameraman and editor with his own company Merz Productions. He is ideally located for many of our Asia based clients and events. Talented sailor and started as the Head Instructor at the Canberra Yacht Club Sailing School (Australia) before moving to Hong Kong.

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