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Sunrise gold for Matt Shirvington

The Seven Network has announced Matt Shirvington as the new co-host of Australia's #1 breakfast show, Sunrise.

The Olympic sprinting great and much-loved broadcaster has been a valued member of the 7NEWS and Sunrise team for the past three years and begins his new role alongside Natalie Barr from Monday 12 June.

Matt Shirvington said: "I'm so excited but also humbled by the opportunity to co-host such an important show to so many Australians. It's a privilege to follow on from Kochie. He leaves behind a legacy of honesty, humility and a whole lot of fun, and I can’t wait to continue adding to that.

"This is a huge life shift for me that will take some juggling at home, and something I couldn’t have done without the loving support of Jess and our kids," he said.

"To my new on-air family, particularly Nat, thanks for making me feel so welcome right from the start. Brekky Central, my new home. I like the sound of that!"

Sunrise co-host, Natalie Barr, said: "Shirvo is an iconic Aussie and an all-round great guy. I can’t think of anyone better to join us on the Sunrise couch.

"We’ve been working together for a couple of years now and I can tell you he’s interested in people, he really cares, he’s a hands-on dad and husband and he talks almost as much as I do, so we get along really well!"

Outgoing Sunrise co-host David Koch said: "Shirvo has been part of the Sunrise family and filling in for me for the last 18 months. He is the perfect fit to shift into my chair on a permanent basis.

"A good bloke with solid values, he will do a terrific job and I wish him great success."

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