I spend the bulk of my working year reporting and commentating on rugby and tennis for Radio 5 Live. Every other year though, I focus on the hockey at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. I'm 33, English and joined the BBC in 2002.

My first 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 5 Live, I have continued to cover the rugby, including a trip with the Scottish team to the World Cup in Australia in 2003, and with Ireland to the 2007 World Cup in France. I also commentate on the four tennis Grand Slams for the BBC, and covered the hockey at the Athens Olympics of 2004, and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006.

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 BBC reporter and commentator focusing on hockey. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have. If they don't, you can contact us.


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