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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 »

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Chrissie Wellington MBE

Chrissie is an English triathlete and the current Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She holds all three world and championship records relating to ironman-distance triathlon races. She is the first British athlete to hold the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and remains undefeated over the Ironman distance. Wellington won the World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009), but was unable to start the 2010 World Championship race because of illness, then regained the title in 2011. Before her distinguished career in athletics, Chrissie worked for the British government as an adviser on international development for Rural Reconstruction Nepal, and on development projects in Nepal. International development remains one of her passions. Chrissie Wellington is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional. Wellington is one of only three women to have achieved 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 »

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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 »

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 »