- 26 Jul 07, 09:43 AM
I spend the bulk of my working year reporting and commentating on rugby and tennis for Radio 5Live. I'm 32, English and joined the BBC in 2002.
My first proper job in journalism was with Independent Radio News. After 18 months of news reporting, I jumped ship to the sports desk where I spent four happy years covering rugby and cricket, taking in some tasty England tours to South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, along with the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Since moving to 5Live I have continued to cover the rugby, spending an entertaining month travelling with the ill-fated Scottish team to the World Cup in Australia in 2003. I now also commentate on the four tennis Grand Slams for the BBC, and have covered the hockey at the Athens Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
I am still coming to terms with the fact that I have missed the boat to hit a Test century at Lord's, lift the Wimbledon trophy or score a hat-trick of tries at Twickenham. I have to be content with some agricultural batting on the village green, a regular workout on a tennis court, and a hope that my two little boys achieve their own dreams of sporting glory.
Alastair Eykyn is a Radio 5 live reporter specialising in rugby union, tennis and hockey. He is covering Ireland at the World Cup and you can see 5 live's full broadcast schedule here.