Melbourne born Denise Drysdale began her showbiz career as a three year old dancing in pantomimes.
At 14, Denise - just 157 cms tall - joined the GTV9 Ballet on In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy. As well as appearing on The Ernie Sigley Show twice weekly throughout 1975, Denise also appeared on The Norman Gunston Show, Celebrity Squares, Young Talent Time, Countdown, Division Four, Homicide and Bellbird.
Denise and Ernie also recorded 'Hey Paula' in 1975, which went Gold, selling more than 100,000 copies. The regular TV exposure thrust her into the limelight and Denise won the TV Week Gold Logie for the most popular Female Personality on Australian TV in both 1975 and 1976. In 1983, aged 35, Denise spent two years in Sydney doing Weekend Magazine and later Beauty & the Beast. In 1989 Denise again teamed up with long time friend Ernie Sigley to host In Melbourne Today, and in 1991 began a Sydney version of the show, In Sydney Today.
Denise Drysdale joined IMT as Frank Holden's zany off-sider when she returned to Nine in 1996. 1997 saw Denise's career highlighted in This Is Your Life and in 1998 she joined the Seven Network to present her own TV show - simply called Denise - for the first time in her career. The year 2000 saw Denise celebrate 40 years in the television industry and after 52 years of working non-stop, Denise has decided to take a break from her TV commitments, most recently as a regular on Channel Ten's The Circle for two years.
A large bulk of Denise Drysdale's work outside of the television industry comprises corporate, in-house and trade shows.
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Megan is a multi-award winning sports journalist with more than 13 years newspapers experience and a promising career in radio.
A born-and-bred country girl, she began her career at The Courier in Ballarat in 2003 where she wrote for the newspaper while completing her VCE. At just 17, she secured a coveted cadetship at the Wimmera Mail Times in Horsham where she spent three years before accepting a job with News Corp’s Leader Newspapers where she would work for the next decade.
In 2008, a chance meeting with then afternoons host Mark Doran led Megan to sports radio station 1116 SEN. She would spend her day off helping on Doran’s show before moving into the newsroom, becoming the first female to read the SportsSENtral bulletin on air, and producing programs and the station’s award-winning football coverage including five AFL grand finals.
Megan is well known as SEN’s long-time tribunal reporter, has covered eight Brownlow Medal red carpets for the station, had her own Saturday cricket segment for the past four summers and in 2016-17 hosted and produced her own cricket program The Power Play.
"I am proud to be an ambassador for Choctober 2017, I'm currently in pre-season training for it and getting my mitts on every last bit of chocolate possible before Oct 1st. So come on, if I can do it so can you!"
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Lauren Arnell is the current Carlton Football Club AFLW captain, after being appointed to the role in 2016 ahead of the inaugural 2017 season.
Growing up in country Victoria, Lauren first played AFL at the age of 17 for North Ballarat. Since then, Lauren has imposed herself as a league champion, both on and off the field.
Lauren has dominated the sport, representing Victoria seven times, named in the All Australian Team three times and has won an amazing nine VWFL premierships with the Darebin Falcons. Prior to the introduction of the AFLW, Arnell played in the Western Bulldogs’ Team in all five exhibition games. Lauren successfully took Carlton to the finals in the 2017 AFLW season, averaging an impressive 12 disposals a game.
Along with her distinguished football career, Arnell has emerged as a key sports commentator of the AFLW, VFL as well as ABC Grandstand Radio. Arnell has also proved herself as an emerging coach through both the Calder Cannons u/18 girls as the Senior Assistant Coach as well as being a Level 2 AFL Accredited Coach.
Further, Lauren has been a key spokeswoman in the development of the AFLW. She not only is a member of AFLPA Women’s Advisory Committee but also a pioneer in Carlton’s bid for a women’s team license. Arnell has played a significant role in the creation of the AFLW and is currently signed with Carlton until 2018.
"I am allowing myself a chocolate feast every Sunday in preparation for Choctober. As a massive chocoholic it is going to be an effort to go without it for 1 month. But I'm going to do it to make a difference to women and girls who are experiencing extreme disadvantage, let's do it together!”
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