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Barry Davies MBE

Barry Davies MBE

Barry is a legendary commentator with one of the most-recognisable voices in Britain. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC. Although he is best known for his football commentary, Davies has commentated on numerous other sports, including badminton, beach volleyball, cycling, ice hockey, ice skating, tennis, gymnastics, hockey and athletics, and primarily in the BBC’s Olympics coverage, where he twice (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) commentated on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games. He was also the ‘Voice of the Boat Race’ between 1993 and 2004, until the BBC lost the rights to cover the event, and the presenter of Maestro in the 1980s, a series of interviews with retired sporting legends. About Barry Davies was educated at Cranbrook School—which also numbers commentators Brian Moore and Peter West Continue Reading »

Des Lynam OBE

Des Lynam OBE

Des has hosted television coverage of high profile events for many years. He has presented the popular shows, Grandstand, Match of the Day, Holiday, How Do They Do That? and Countdown. In the late 1960s, he began freelance work in radio, more as a hobby than a job, but it soon became apparent that broadcasting was what he truly wanted to do. His first job was with Radio Brighton in 1968, presenting the Saturday night sports report. He worked for the now defunct Radio Caroline before beginning his BBC career as a boxing commentator, moving on to host ‘Sports Report’ on Radio 2 from 1969 to 1978. Switching to television in 1978, he presented BBC’s Grandstand on Saturdays. It was in 1984, when David Coleman left the BBC, that Lynam truly became the face of BBC Sport. He also presented Continue Reading »

Ed Chamberlin

Ed Chamberlin

Ed first appeared on Sky Sports in 1999 as the resident bookie stats expert alongside Matthew Lorenzo and Kirsty Gallagher every Friday night on the Sports Centre. From there Ed went on to co-host the betting show The Full SP with Jeff Stelling before joining the Sky Sports News team on a full-time basis. He joined Sky Sports in August 2000 and is now considered one of their elite presenters. Ed regularly presents in the summer when Gillette Soccer Saturday is replaced with Sports Saturday. He also hosts the midweek Soccer Special, and he presented coverage of the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup draws. He has also presented rugby union and athletics on Sky Sports as well as shows like Football First and Goals on Sunday. At the beginning of 2011, Ed took on a role as one Continue Reading »

Ed Clancy MBE

Ed Clancy MBE

Ed is a fundamental member of the awe inspiring Great British cycling team. He is a 5 time World Champion, and a 2 time Olympic Gold medallist. On the track he competes in the Team Pursuit and as an individual in the new Olympic discipline called the Omnium, a multi race event. Ed is a World, Olympic and European Champion on the track and also rides for the domestic road team Rapha-Condor-Sharp. An explosive sprinter with the durability to match, he took Gold in the Team Pursuit and Bronze in the individual Omnium at London 2012. About He got into cycling when his father bought him his first bike when he was 5 years old. At 15 he was spotted whilst attending a British Cycling event and was part of the first intake into the British Cycling Academy of which Continue Reading »

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan

Gabby played netball for the school and at university, competed at high jump, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. After university she presented on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV. And it was at ITV when Logan’s career really came to notice when she fronted the football program On the Ball. Gabby went onto present ITV’s UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, and she has also presented other programmes including ITV’s 2005 Super Bowl coverage. She writes regularly for The Times newspaper, and has also done a photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ. Continue Reading »

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff Shreeves

Geoff started as a booker on the long-running football discussion show The Footballers Show presented initially by Richard Keys, and Geoff went on to produce the show. The Footballers’ Football Show was widely regarded as the main football discussion show at the time and featured an impressive cast of over 500 guests during its run including the late Bobby Moore, FA Chief Executive Graham Kelly and Arsenal Chairman David Dein. As an on-site producer for all live football coverage Geoff became the Match Director’s eyes and ears on the ground for every game, and this was the role he performed until the end of the 1998-1999 season. In 1999 Geoff made the move to reporter alongside Claire Tomlinson on live Premier League and FA Cup coverage for both Sky Sports and Sky Sports News. The deal signing live coverage of Continue Reading »

Jason Kenny MBE

Jason Kenny MBE

Jason is an Olympic gold-medal winning track cyclist. As part of the excellent Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics he won gold medals in both the team sprint and in the individual sprint, in which he beat Baugé in the final. He was talent-spotted whilst riding for his local Go-Ride Club and has since followed the paths of the British Cycling Podium Programmes, rising through the Talent Team, the Development and Academy Programmes before finally earning his place on the prestigious Podium Programme in 2008. Having won numerous World and European titles as a junior, Jason took a massive leap in 2008 when he was selected for the Olympics squad and found himself on the plane to Beijing. After putting in some strong times during training, he was selected as Man Two for the Team Sprint, alongside seasoned Sprint Continue Reading »

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Jonathan Brownlee

Having won titles at Junior and youth level in both the triathlon and dualthon, Jonathan Brownlee was soon a two-time World Sprint Triathlon Champion. His career apogee came at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he took the bronze medal in the triathlon, at the age of just 22.     About Jonathan is a member of the Bingley Harriers and is coached by Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland at the British Triathlon Federation’s High Performance Centre, based at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Centre. Jonathan’s older brother Alistair Brownlee was the winner of the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships and the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, and Edward Brownlee, his younger brother, is a promising schoolboy swimmer and runner. Triathlon Youth Champion Jonathan Brownlee was the British youth champion in both triathlon and duathlon in both 2006 Continue Reading »

Laura Trott OBE

Laura Trott OBE

Laura is a double Olympic and World Champion British track cyclist who specialises in team pursuit and omnium disciplines. She is also the current world and olympic record holder. She was born a month prematurely in Harlow in Essex with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She was recommended by doctors to take up sport to regulate her breathing. She first began cycling when her mother decided to take up the sport to lose weight, Laura and her sister joined their mother and Laura then became serious about the sport. Laura Trott is a double world and European champion in team pursuit, having won the 2011 UCI team pursuit and again in 2012. Trott is also an individual world and European champion, in the Omnium discipline, having won the Women’s omnium at the 2012 World Championships. She Continue Reading »

Rob Hawthorne

Rob Hawthorne

Rob was born in Dudley, Worcestershire now West Midlands. He was a pupil at Foxyards Primary School and later the Blue Coat School. His media career began at the age of 14, when he was still a pupil at the Blue Coat School. After participating in a local radio talent spotting competition, he was taken on by Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton as a member of the team for the Sunday morning show, “Kid’s Stuff”. He then became one of the regular commentators on live broadcasts for BBC Radio 5, shortly after its launch, before moving on to BBC Radio Five Live with the rest of its sports team in 1994. After senior commentators Mike Ingham and Alan Green, Hawthorne and colleague Ron Jones formed the second “tier” of commentators. During his time on radio Hawthorne commentated on several Division One Continue Reading »

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