TOP BBC sports presenter Hazel Irvine from Cardross makes regular trips home to see the family — and is looking forward to covering the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014.
The St Andrews-born former Hermitage Academy pupil, whose parents still live in the village and who once took part in Helensburgh's Ne'erday Swim, is one of BBC Sport’s most experienced and versatile broadcasters.
A regular presenter of Grandstand, Sunday Grandstand and Ski Sunday, she is also the face of snooker and athletics coverage and sometimes fronts the sports section on BBC News.
When the Barclays Scottish Open golf tournament was played at Luss she had a busy schedule with boat trips, historical tours and celebrity meetings planned — all on camera, of course, to do the beautiful surroundings justice.
An integral part of the BBC’s coverage of all major events over the past 19 years, Hazel presented from Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, marking her seventh consecutive Olympic Games as a broadcaster.
She has also worked on every Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games since 1994 — next is the Winter Games from Sochi in Russia in February 2014, her 13th major Games ans sixth Winter Olympics — and reported from the football World Cup Finals and European Championship finals since 1990.
In golf, she is the anchor for the Women’s Open and reports on the Open, the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. Hazel’s many other credits include Final Score, Football Focus and Wimbledon.
In addition to her role at BBC Sport, Hazel hosted the coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004, the Children In Need appeal for BBC Scotland, and anchored its Millennium Night coverage. She was the winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Best Regional Presenter/Reporter in 1999.
Hazel is a graduate of the University of St Andrews where she gained an MA Honours degree in Art History. In 2008 she married her long-term partner, and they have a four year-old daughter.
She has representative honours in golf — and, like her father, is a member of the Cardross club — netball and athletics, and gained a full vest for athletics from Scottish Universities. Currently she is the chairman of the West of Scotland Institute of Sport.
She even took part in Helensburgh's annual New Year's Day Swim from the pier when she was 16.
A proud supporter of Dumbarton Football Club for many years, she is a member of the Sons Supporters Trust Ltd. and gladly assisted in testimonial fund raising for kit man the late Dick Jackson and in 2006 for long-serving full back Craig Brittain.
She was also honorary president of the now defunct Dumbarton FC Supporters Association.
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