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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 »

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth Tweddle MBE

Beth has raised the performance levels and standards of British gymnasts: she is a three-time world champion, having won the 2010 World Championships and 2006 World Championships on the uneven bars and the 2009 World Championships on the floor. Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time. She is also a seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every year between 2001 and 2007. Additionally, she is a three time Olympian, competing in the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Olympic Games, where she took home a bronze. About At an early age Beth’s family moved to England and she now lives in Bunbury and trains in the Park Road gym in Liverpool, where she Continue Reading »

Clare Balding OBE

Clare Balding OBE

Clare is a BBC sports presenter, journalist and jockey, best known for presenting the BBC’s horse racing and rugby coverage. Her presenting style is characterized by her passion for sport. She has reported from five Olympic Games, for BBC Radio in Atlanta and for BBC Television in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. She has presented two Paralympic Games, the Winter Olympics from Turin and Vancouver as well as the Commonwealth Games from Melbourne and Delhi. She is the face of the BBC’s rugby league coverage, having presented Grandstand from a Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final, and having been so impressed by the vibrancy and physical challenge of the sport she asked to cover further rugby league events. She was educated at Downe House in Berkshire, where she was Head Girl and a contemporary of comedienne Miranda Hart. While at university she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Easter 1992 and graduated in 1993 with a 2:1 honours degree. Clare Balding 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 »

Iwan Thomas MBE

Iwan Thomas MBE

Iwan is the current UK record holder at 400 m with a time of 44.36 seconds and is a former European and Commonwealth games champion. He is also the current holder of the Commonwealth Games record in the 400 m. Iwan made his breakthrough at the World Junior Championships in 1992 as part of the British 4×400 m relay team that finished 5th. While still at university, he took part in the 1994 Commonwealth Games 400 m where he reached the semi-finals, representing Wales. From there, he was selected to represent Britain in the relay at the 1995 European Athletics Cup and secured his first championship gold medal. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Thomas finished 5th in the final and took a silver medal in the 4×400 m event. He also represented Britain in the 2000 Olympics. Iwan Continue Reading »

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie has become a popular media personality since retiring from football. He was admired by the Kop faithful in his time at Liverpool, and is now admired by thousands as a team-captain on the incredibly entertaining A League of Their Own. He also lends his footballing expertise to Sky Sports and the Daily Mail as a pundit and columnist. A midfielder, Jamie Redknapp played for England 17 times between 1995 and 1999. At club level, he scored 34 goals from 314 appearances in the domestic leagues. He won one major trophy during his career – the 1995 League Cup with Liverpool. In a career that was blighted by a succession of injuries, Jamie was as famous for his media profile off the field as much as on it. He married the pop singer Louise in 1998. Jamie comes from a well-known footballing family. His father, Harry Continue Reading »

Jim Rosenthal

Jim Rosenthal

Jim is one of the most well-known, and most-respected, sports presenters on British television. He grew up in Oxford and attended Josca’s Preparatory School before going to Magdalen College School. He then joined the staff of the Oxford Mail went on to BBC local and national radio. In his radio career Rosenthal presented Sports Report on the then Radio 2 for several years. He was also the journalist on duty at BBC Radio Birmingham on the night of the Birmingham Pub Bombings. In his television career, which began when he joined ITV in August 1980, he has presented football, boxing and athletics, plus other minor sports. He has also been part of the teams covering the FIFA World Cup since 1982 and the Olympic Games. He was the presenter for Formula One (F1) on ITV for eight years and has presented over 150 Grands Continue Reading »

Jon Champion

Jon Champion

Jon is one of Britain’s leading sports commentators who has covered a wide variety of sports including football, rugby league, Test Cricket and swimming as well reporting on three Olympic Games. He is also one of Match of the Day‘s regular commentators, as well as, commentating on rugby league for BBC TV’s Grandstand, and covering football for BBC Radio 5 Live. He cut his footballing teeth as a commentator/reporter for BBC Radio Leeds before joining BBC Radio 2 network sport and, later, Radio 5 Live where he also has his own programme, Champion’s Sport. He also worked as a radio presenter on the 1990 World Cup Finals and as a presenter and commentator in 1994. Euro 96 was his first major championship as a TV commentator, and he also worked on the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In 1995 Continue Reading »

Jonathan Edwards CBE

Jonathan Edwards CBE

Jonathan is a former triple jumper who made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance. His extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in history as one of the world’s greatest and most admired athletes. In his breakthrough year of 1995, Edwards produced a jump of 18.43 m (60 feet 5½ inches) at the European Cup. The leap was wind assisted and did not count for record purposes, but it was a sign of things to come as he capped an unbeaten year with a historic gold medal performance at the World Championships, in which he broke the world record twice in the same meet. During 1996 Edwards went Continue Reading »

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Matthew Syed

Three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and two-time Olympian, Matthew Syed, has had an extraordinary and multifaceted career. He was Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009, a broadcaster for the BBC and Eurosport, and stood as the Labour Candidate in the 2001 UK General Election.   Sporting Career and Achievements Matthew has has an interesting and unconventional career. Brought up in Reading, he was spotted by his primary school teacher as having the potential to become a future table tennis champion. Emerging from a local state school as an average achiever, Matthew Syed studied for his A levels whilst playing in Sweden before applying to Oxford University. Given a place at Balliol to study politics, philosophy, and economics, Matthew managed to combine his studies whilst competing at an international level. Although warned that both his Continue Reading »

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