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 was a leading amateur flat jockey in 1989 and 1990 and Champion Lady Rider in 1990.
Her radio career began with BBC National Radio in 1994, working on 5 Live, Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 4. She currently presents the walking programme Ramblings for BBC Radio 4, and Wimbledon for 5 Live.
In 1995, she made her debut as a television presenter during Royal Ascot. She became BBC horse racing presenter in December 1997 and has fronted coverage of the Grand National.
She has reported from four Olympic Games. She is the face of the BBC’s rugby league coverage, having presented Grandstand from a Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final.
In August 2011 Clare joined BBC’s Countryfile, she co-hosts the show with Matt Baker.
Clare was the Royal Television Society’s “Sports Presenter of the Year” in 2003. In the same year, she won the “Racing Journalist of the Year Award” and has followed up with the award for “Racing Broadcaster of the Year”.
Balding was also a popular lead commentator for the swimming events at the London 2012 Olympics, often alongside Ian Thorpe.
Clare has written regular columns for The Observer, the Evening Standard and The Sporting Life.