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Damon Hill OBE

Damon Hill OBE

Damon is a former Formula One World Champion who has spent a lot of time in the British media writing in various publications and appearing on ITV F1’s commentary box. His 22 victories consisted of 21 with Williams F1 and one with Jordan Grand Prix. Damon Hill is the son of the late Graham Hill, he is the only son of a world champion to win the title. Damon came to professional motorsport at the relatively late age of 23 via racing motorcycles. He became a test driver for the Formula One title-winning Williams team in 1992. He was promoted to the Williams race team the following year and took the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix. During the mid 1990s, Damon Hill was Michael Schumacher’s main rival for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The two clashed on and off the track. Continue Reading »

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David Coulthard MBE

David had a hugely influential career that lasted over 14 years and 247 races, and he was one of the Formula One’s most popular drivers. He also worked with many constructor teams and his knowledge of the sport helped each one develop their cars and strategies to meet the demands of the modern sport. David, sometimes known as DC, made his Formula One debut in 1994 and won 13 Grands Prix in a career spanning 15 seasons. Twice a winner in Monaco, David was team-mate to Mika Häkkinen in the Finn’s two Drivers’ Championship-winning seasons for McLaren Mercedes before helping establish the Red Bull team. His best Drivers’ Championship finish was second in 2001. After retiring from racing in Formula One, David continued to be involved with the Red Bull Racing team as a consultant, as well as joining the BBC 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 »

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Eddie Jordan

Eddie is a former racing driver and the founder and owner of the Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He also gave Michael Schumacher his Formula 1 debut in the team’s debut season. In 1998 Eddie Jordans team achieved its best ever result when drivers Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher finished first and second at the Belgian Grand Prix. In 1999, Jordan achieved their F1 zenith when Heinz-Harald Frentzen became a genuine contender for the championship, ultimately finishing third, the best placing ever of a Jordan driver and accumulating two race wins along the way. He was leading the European Grand Prix, but retired because of electrical problems. Midland Group, financed by wealthy Russian-Canadian businessman Alex Schnaider, bought Jordan Grand Prix in early 2005, and the team was subsequently renamed MF1 Racing for 2006. The team was sold again in 2006 to Continue Reading »

Jeff Stelling

Jeff Stelling

Jeff is a much-admired English sports journalist and one of the country’s best presenters. His presenting style is characterised by his great sense of humour and professional wit as seen on both Sky Sport’s Gillette Soccer Saturday and Countdown. Jeff Stelling’s first broadcasting position was as a reporter on Middlesbrough F.C. on Radio Tees. He was a sports presenter on London’s LBC Radio Sportswatch programme in the early 1980s before moving to BBC Radio 2’s weekend sports programme Sport On 2, covering the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympic games. He later spent time as a sports newsreader at TV-am, Channel 4, Eurosport and British Satellite Broadcasting before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts. In 1994 he became presenter of Sports Saturday, which became Gillette Soccer Saturday in 1998 and featured a panel of 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 »

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

John is one of Britain’s foremost sports presenters. As well as his principal role as BBC’s face of rugby, he has covered almost all the major sporting events for television and radio. He was educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC and began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4 on ‘Today.’ In 1988 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 Live when he moved to a daily news programme. His illustrious television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted ‘Rugby Special’ Continue Reading »

John Motson OBE

John Motson OBE

John, fondly known as “Motty” began his career in the newspaper business as a reporter on the Barnet Press and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, where he first covered football. It began to take off when the BBC hired him in 1968 as a sports presenter on Radio 2. Three years later, he replaced Kenneth Wolstenholme at Match of the Day. Since 1979 Motson has commentated on all the major championships: World Cups, FA Cups, and European Championships. Most recently, he was commentator for the 2008 European Championships Final. He was commentating on the FA Cup Semi-final of 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when the Hillsborough Disaster occurred. Motson has been the dominant football commentary figure at the BBC since the late 1970s. His first FA Cup Final as commentator was 1977 in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool. Continue Reading »

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