Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Clare Balding is one of the BBC’s main sports presenters, fronting all its live racing coverage, including the Grand National, Royal Ascot, the Derby and l’Arc de Triomphe. For London 2012, Clare was key a member of Channel 4's Games-time presenters.

A presenter of both the Paralympics and Olympics from Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000, Clare has also turned her hand to numerous multi-sport events including the Winter Olympics (2002 and 2006) and Commonwealth Games (2006), in addition to presenting Rugby League, Equestrian three-day-eventing and show-jumping, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Bowls and Darts. In 2002 and 2004 she was one of the presenters of Sport Relief.

A regular presenter on Radio 4, she has fronted Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, Pick of the Week, Broadcasting House and, for the last nine years, the walking series Ramblings.

On 5 Live, Clare is part of the team that presents the National Hunt Festival from Cheltenham, co-presents its Wimbledon coverage and in 2011 became the first woman to commentate on a Wimbledon final. She also works on the Golf coverage at the Open.

Clare, a Cambridge graduate, was elected President of the Union in 1992. She was a good all-rounder in sport, and was champion lady rider in 1990 and leading amateur flat jockey in 1989 and 1990. Clare was honoured with the Horse Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) Racing Journalist of the Year Award in 2003 and in 2004 she won both the HWPA Sir Peter O’Sullevan Broadcaster of the Year award and the prestigious Royal Television Society Sports Presenter of the Year award.  In 2009, she was praised for "perfect presentation" by the judges of the Broadcast Awards who named the Grand National 2008 as their sports programme of the year. Among many accolades for her work in 2012, she was honoured with honoured with a special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her 2012 Olympics and Paralympic coverage.

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