Biographies of BBC TV commentators for London 2012.
Nigel has been with the BBC for 19 years, starting out at BBC Radio York upon leaving University. Having had a passion for sport from a very young age Nigel was a regular rugby league commentator before he moved to BBC Radio Lancashire covering football, cricket and motorsport. In 1998 he moved on to BBC Sport and Radio 5 live, first as a producer and then as a Sport News Correspondent where he broke such stories as Adam Crozier’s resignation from the FA as well as covering the likes of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal. In 2004 Nigel became part of the Radio 5 live football commentary team and has since worked on two World Cups, a Women’s World Cup, an African Nations Cup and at various times the Champions League and Europa League.
This will be Nigel’s first Olympics.
John Amaechi has a portfolio career as an organisational consultant and high-performance executive coach. He is a New York Times best-selling author and social entrepreneur working in both the US and the Europe.
John was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June, 2011 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Sport and his ongoing involvement in charitable work.
John’s journey to becoming an elite-athlete almost defies belief: at the age of 17, when he first picked up a basketball, John was considered ‘too late to the game’ and ‘not athletic enough’ to have any chance of success in domestic sport, much less overseas. Six short years later he became a ‘starter’ in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Twelve years from first picking up a basketball, John became the first and only Britain to have his jersey hung in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. Even in ‘retirement,’ John led the England squad to Bronze (its first and only ever medal finish) in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
In the UK, John works with his own charity in Manchester, with over 2000 young people per week
in attendance, helping to harness the power of young people through this holistic sporting centre for urban communities (www.amaechibasketball.com). The programme is steeped in the fundamentals of social-emotional training to provide an environment where young people who are coached in life as much as sport.
John is an Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Bid and is currently a director for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Board, that sets strategy for procurement, recruitment and standards for every employee, supplier and volunteer for the 2012 Olympic Games effort.
John is a social affairs and sports pundit for a number of broadcasters as well as a presenter on a
range of radio and television programmes. In 2009 he starred in a prime-time BBC Two programme called “The Speaker” that looked to find Britain’s best young speaker as well as inspiring youth across the UK to embrace the power of their voice. He is already contracted to be part of the BBC’s key broadcast talent for the London 2012 Games.
A member of the Winning British Nations Cup Team between 1985-99, Andy is a BSJA Accredited Trainer and has competed internationally for over 25 years. He is a successful producer of Grand Prix showjumpers and trains riders up to international level.
Andy is a regular commentator at equestrian events on TV and will be working with the BBC at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Tracy Austin is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States who won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1979 and 1981 and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1980, which she won with her brother.
At just 14 Tracy she became the youngest player ever to win a professional tournament by triumphing at the 1977 Avon Futures and by 17 she was ranked number 1 in the world. Since then she has achieved 30 singles titles, been named WTA player of the Year in 1980 and Associated Press Athlete of the Year in both 1979 and 1981. Her impressive career has earned Tracy a place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Tracy now works as a commentator providing play-by-play commentary on a variety of tennis tournaments. She has covered events such as Wimbledon and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens for the BBC.
Bob has worked for the BBC for almost thirty years, starting at Radio Medway and progressing through to work at BBC Sport for the last fifteen years.
This will be Bob’s fourth Olympic Games. He has also covered three Winter Olympics as well as four Commonwealth Games.
Bob has been the voice of swimming on BBC Radio since 1998 and Diving on TV since 2004.
Bob will be covering the diving on BBC TV and the swimming for BBC Radio 5 Live/Sports Extra and Olympics Extra.
Karim Bashir started fencing at the age of seven and competed internationally for both Great Britain and Wales.
He took part in four Commonwealth Fencing Championships (1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006) and won silver in 1998 tournament.
In his role as British Fencing's Media Officer, he led a small commentary team for the live streamed broadcast of the 2011 Senior European Fencing Championships in Sheffield.
The international fencing federation (FIE) then asked him to lead commentary at the 2011 Senior World Fencing Championships in Catania on their live broadcast.
Five time Olympic skier and major winter sports personality, Graham Bell consistently appears on television covering major sporting events including the Winter Olympics and World Skiing Championships. Graham has presented BBC Two programme 'Ski Sunday' for over a decade and covered every winter Olympics since the 2002 games at Salt Lake City.
In 2009 Graham presented the primetime winter sports programme 'High Altitude' on BBC Two. His experience as a presenter and cameraman has enabled Graham to cover extreme sports events in both the summer and winter months. He was a key pundit for the BBC's coverage of the World Triathlon Series and also has covered the world famous Tour de France for ITV.
Olympic medallist Christopher Boardman, MBE, is one of Britain’s most successful cyclists. In 1992 he won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and then went on to win the Individual Time Trial bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Chris’ cycling achievements also include being crowned World 4000 meter Pursuit Champion in 1994 and 1996 (which he still holds the record for); World Time Trial Champion, wearing the coveted yellow jersey after winning the opening prologue time trial three times in the Tour De France and World One Hour Record holder, which he has held three times.
Over the years Chris has shared his knowledge and passion for cycling with others from writing books, to advising on documentaries about the sport. Chris previously worked as the Director of Coaching for the British Cycling’s Olympic Programs and is currently Head of Research and Development for the British Olympic Cycling Team.
In 1992 his services to British cycling received official recognition when Chris was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Chris Bradnam, a former Junior and Senior National Tennis Singles & Doubles Champion of Great Britain, Chris also represented GB at Junior and Senior Levels and played the pro tour from 1974 – 1983, including the Grand Slam tournaments.
Chris began his broadcasting career in 1994 and has provided commentary for on sporting events such as the Davis Cup; Wimbledon; The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Beijing Olympics. Additionally, Chris is currently the Head Tennis Professional at a north London tennis club with 2000 members and also runs Chris Bradnam Tennis School for 400 aspiring young players.
Paul Bray, a former GB player and coach, started commentating Handball matches for Eurosport in February 1989. Since then he has commentated over 1,000 matches, providing coverage from ten World Championships, ten European Championships, five Olympic Games, three Asian Games and seven European Champions League seasons. He remains one of the best known and most respected commentators in the handball world.
In addition he has hosted European Handball Federation galas in Vienna for the live draw of the 2007-2008, 2008-09 and 2009-10 Champions League season, the draw for Euro 2010 and the EHF’s 20th anniversary celebration gala.
Paul is currently Honorary Vice President and Board member of the British Handball Association, and Chair of the Performance Sub-Committee which is overseeing the GB team preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.
In a professional footballing career spanning 17 years, Mark Bright scored 209 goals playing for clubs including Port Vale FC, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic. His extensive work on television and radio includes sports presenting for BBC London, a football pundit for the BBC’s ‘Football Focus’, ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Final Score’, as well as a summariser for both BBC television and BBC Radio 5 Live.
He has worked on three World Cups, three European Championships and four Africa Cup of Nations. Mark co-presented Channel 4’s ‘Big Breakfast’ with Johnny Vaughan, writes a weekly column for the Metro newspaper, coaches 10 to 16 year-olds at the Crystal Palace FC Academy and serves on the FRA (Football Regulatory Panel).
Colin began his sporting career as a bobsleigher and represented Great Britain in the 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City. He was also a finalist in the Britain’s Strongest Man competition held in 1999.
With his competing days behind him, Bryce now works as a sports presenter and commentator for a variety of broadcasters including the BBC where he commentated at the Winter Olympics in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010, working alongside Paul Dickenson. They reported on the only British medals at both Games, in 2010 Amy Williams took Gold in the Skeleton and Shelley Rudman took silver in 2006 in the same event.
As a familiar face in the strong man world, Bryce has presented the World Strongest Man TV series in 2009 and 2010 and the World Strongest Man Qualifying Tours, Giants Live and the Strongman Super Series, since 2003.
Steve Bunce has worked as a journalist and broadcaster since 1985. He has been at five Olympics and ringside at over fifty title fights in Las Vegas. His work has appeared in dozens of now defunct newspapers and magazines.
He remains, however, the boxing correspondent of The Independent. His radio and television work has included stints on now long forgotten shows on extinct channels. Thankfully, his long-running Thursday night slot on BBC London 94.9 has survived repeated culls; the podcast from the show is a staggering success.
He currently co-hosts ESPN's PTI with Mark Chapman, has a weekly show on BoxNation and a monthly show on BBC Five Live with Mick Costello is in its ninth year. He also holds various ridiculous records on 5 Live's award-winning Fighting Talk. His first novel, The Fixer, was released in 2010.
Having played rugby in the amateur days for Industrial Engineers of Madrid, Cambridge University (3 Blues 1976-78), Pontypool and Wales (16 caps 1980-84), Eddie joined BBC Wales in Cardiff in 1984, and rose from Press and Publicity Officer (Radio Wales) to Assistant Producer, Sport. Following this first stint at the BBC Eddie joined the newly launched Sunday Correspondent as chief rugby writer. When the paper folded in 1991, he moved to the Observer. At the same time Eddie re-joined BBC Wales Sport as a pundit/reporter/presenter, and has combined broadcasting and writing ever since.
He does as much on history as sport for BBC Wales, but throws himself back into rugby during the Six Nations. He also writes scripts for BBC Sport (Seve Ballesteros, Alex Higgins, Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Olympics, Formula 1) and is about to become the BBC’s three-Olympic archery commentator.
Over the past two decades, Mike Carlson has been one of Britain's best-known commentators on American sport; most notably for the last five years as the analyst for the BBC's Super Bowl and NFL playoff coverage.
He has presented coverage of the NFL regular season for 18 seasons on various broadcasters most recently on Channel 4, but previously for Channel 5 and Sky Sports as well as BBC’s Radio 5 Live.
Mike has extensive experience broadcasting basketball, including three years of commentary on Euroleague for Showtime Sports; the European championships for Eurosport; Bundesliga, British league and international play for Screensport; the Footlocker NIT for Sportschannel USA; and NBA for Screensport and Sky.
This year’s Olympic Games in London will be the ninth that Mike has worked on. He started in 1976 when he was a broadcast press liason at the Montreal Forum. He covered Lake Placid and Moscow for the TV news agency UPITN, and four Olympics for the US TV network ABC Sports, including Los Angeles where he coordinated the host broadcast feed from the LA Coliseum. He performed similar duties for the Olympic Stadium and both baseball venues in Barcelona, and was in charge of the host feed of basketball from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta 1996.
Born in Connecticut in the US, Mike played four sports (football, basketball, lacrosse, and track) at Milford Academy, then American football and lacrosse at Wesleyan University, where he earned a BA in English, and is in the university's Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the undefeated Lambert Cup-winning 1969 football team. He took a Masters degree at McGill University in Montreal, and moved to London in 1977, where he continued to play lacrosse in the South of England league until 1993. He became a British citizen in 2010.
As well as commentating on a variety of sports, from pro wrestling to lacrosse, Mike has written about sport and the arts for several national newspapers; authored three books on film directors, and contributed to BBC radio arts programmes such as Front Row, Open Book, and The Strand.
Andrew Castle is a key member of the BBC’s tennis team and has worked alongside John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker, providing excellent commentary for major Tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon. He has been the BBC’s lead commentator throughout Wimbledon fortnight for the last eight years.
Andrew is a former professional tennis player. A former British Number One, who turned professional in 1986, Andrew is a double Olympian, having been a member of Great Britain’s Olympic Teams in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.
In addition to his sports commentary, Andrew has also hosted a variety of programmes including ‘Andrew Castle’s Tennis Night’ on Radio 5 Live as well as shows on Channel 4 and ITV, including over 10 years on the GMTV sofa.
Matt Chilton’s broadcasting career started at Europsort in 1992. He is now a familiar voice on BBC Sport, having been a key contributor since the mid-1990s.
Matt, a ski racing specialist, has worked on Ski Sunday since 1996 and was part of the team (presenter and commentator) when the show won the RTS award for "Best Sports Show or Series" in 2002. Matt has covered triathlon since 1994 and beach volleyball since 1999.
He has been a regular for BBC Sport at Wimbledon since 2001, and has covered the last seven Olympic Games, and three Commonwealth Games.
At school Mel played all sports but was nominated for hockey trials at the age of 13. When she finally got selected for the England U16s at 15 she decided to dedicate more of her time to hockey. Mel made her England debut in 1996, against Ireland in Dublin.
Mel won 179 caps for England and 65 caps for Great Britain. In addition to playing for GB at the Sydney and Beijing Olympics, Mel appeared at three World Cups, two Champions Trophy, four European Cups, three Champions Challenge, and three Commonwealth Games. During these tournaments, the Canterbury defender has picked up three Bronze Medals in the European Cup, two Silvers at the Commonwealth Games and a Gold and Bronze at the Champions Challenge.
In 2006, Mel was named the BBC South East Sports Personality of the Year.
After the Beijing Olympics Mel became a Sports Development Manager for the University of Kent.
Having rowed for the university lightweight crew at Cambridge, she started modern pentathlon whilst a medical student at Oxford University in 1994. After qualifying as a doctor she put her medical career on hold to train for the Olympics. She competed at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, the first time that women’s modern pentathlon was included and won the individual gold medal.
In 2001 she went on to become both European and World Champion before retiring from competition to return to her career as a doctor. She completed her surgical training in Bath and is now completing her GP training in Sussex. She is a member of the Athletes’ Committee for Locog.
Andrew Cotter is one of the most recognised voices across BBC radio and television’s coverage of golf, rugby and tennis.
Originally a presenter of sports bulletins on BBC Radio 5 live, as well as Radio 1, 2 and 4, Andrew went on to become a sports presenter on the BBC News Channel, while at the same time building a career commentating on golf and rugby for BBC radio and television, working on major events including the Six Nations, Ryder Cup, The US Masters, US Open and USPGA.
Andrew began his broadcasting career in commercial radio in his native Scotland, going on to work for Sky News before joining the BBC in 2000.
Steve Cram MBE
Steve Cram is one of the UK's most famous sporting personalities. As an athlete his career was forged alongside Coe and Ovett to form a period of unprecedented success in British athletics and since his retirement he has built a solid broadcasting career as a presenter/commentator for the BBC.
In a career spanning over three decades, since appearing as a 17 year old at the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Steve’s many achievements include six Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European and World Championships.
At the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, Steve returned from injury to take a silver medal in the 1500m behind Sebastian Coe. The following year he broke world records in the 1500m, 2000m and Mile, all within 19 days; the latter lasting almost nine years.
In 1983 Steve was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, one of the few athletes to have won the award, and in 1986 he was awarded an MBE.
Since retiring from competitive athletics Steve has become a successful television commentator, first with Eurosport, and then with Channel 4 before joining the BBC as the Chief Athletics Commentator.
Steve has co-presented the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Athens in 2004, both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 and the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.
Steve has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 live including hosting the popular 606 and Sunday Sport shows.
Garth has spent his entire adult life immersed in football and the politics of sport. He was introduced to the media in 1981 while preparing for the FA Cup Final. Having been left out of England’s World Cup squad bound for Spain in 1982 he joined the BBC sports team as a television pundit. During those early years Garth consistently made contributions to numerous radio and television programmes.
Born in the Potteries he developed a love for the game and went on to play for his local team Stoke City in 1978. Garth moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a record fee in 1980 and
soon established himself in what is still regarded as one of Tottenham’s most attractive teams. During his time at White Hart Lane he won the FA Cup in ’81 and ’82 followed by the UEFA cup in ‘84. He went on to play for Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic.
In 1990 he retired from the game through injury having scored over 200 goals and in ’93 became a full time contributor to the BBC sports department working as a presenter, analyst, and reporter for its flagship programmes Match of the Day, Football Focus and Grandstand.
Garth is currently one of the regular panellists on the BBC’s live interactive football result service ‘Final Score’. He has covered two Olympic Games (Atlanta ‘96 and Sydney 2000) four World Cup Finals and European Championships and the FIFA World Club Championships. He presented the BBC Two coverage of the African Nations Cup in 2000 and 2004 followed by eight years as the BBC’s England National Team Football reporter.
John Cullen is a former team Great Britain Taekwondo captain and represented the British National Team from 2003 to 2007. He co-founded the Scotland National Team in 2007 and has been its national coach since.
John commentated on Taekwondo for the BBC at the Beijing Olympics and for Sky Sports at the British International Open 2008-2012. For other broadcasters he has covered the World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen in 2009 and the World Junior Championships in Mexico in 2010
John is founder of the Lee Sung Hee International Exchange programme - a sporting and cultural exchange partnership with the Pung Saeng High School in Seongnam, South Korea.
Tina is a talented journalist with a wide range of live television and radio presenting experience in sport, news, current affairs and entertainment.
Tina currently broadcasts the sports news to 8 million people every morning on the Chris Moyles Show after joining the Radio 1 breakfast show in February of 2010. She is also a regular face on television - presenting 60 Second News updates, the Up For Hire series on BBC Three and E24 on the News Channel.
Tina also reports for Football Focus and has presented on the Football League Show on BBC One.
Tina will be part of the BBC reporting team for the London 2012 Olympics.
London 2012 marks Barry Davies’ 19th appearance as an Olympic Games broadcaster beginning with Mexico in 1968 where he commentated for ITV and subsequently for the BBC across 12 summer and seven winter games.
He has covered more than a dozen Olympic sports as well as several opening and closing ceremonies. For London 2012, his brief is to cover hockey, 24 years after commentating on the Great Britain gold medal victory in Seoul. He will also lead the OIympic Broadcasting Service team for the opening and closing ceremonies.
In May this year - at the invitation of the International Olympic Committee – Barry carried the Olympic Torch on the first day of its journey across the United Kingdom.
Barry Davies worked for BBC One’s ‘Match of the Day’ from 1969 until 2004 and during that 25-year association covered 10 World Cup finals and seven European Championships. He has also worked on BBC coverage of the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge and, for the past 25 years, as a member of the commentary for Wimbledon.
With BBC Events, Barry has covered The Lord Mayor’s Show, the Royal Tournament and Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. He was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to sports broadcasting.
Sharron Davies was just 13 when she competed as a swimmer in her first Olympic tournament in Montreal, the following year, aged just 14 she took two bronze medals at the 1977 European Championships.
At the age of 15, Sharron won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in the 200 and 400 metre individual medleys. She also picked up a further silver and bronze medal and became a household name. In 1980 Sharron took the silver medal in the 400m individual medley and after a short break from swimming, she returned to the pool where she picked up two more medals at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
By the time Sharron finally hung up her swimsuit for good in 1994, she had swam in three Olympics; won a total of 40 national titles in National Championships; set British, Commonwealth and 5 World Masters records - one of which still stands today and been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to swimming. Sharron has also been voted Sportswoman of the Year twice by the British media and came third, behind Ian Botham and Daley Thompson, at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Sharron’s career in television began in the early 1980’s when she appeared on shows such as the BBC’s ‘Sporting Superstars’ She later joined the team of former British sports stars in presenting and commentating on sport coverage for the BBC which included covering swimming, but was extended to other sports for the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics. In 1995 she joined ITV's Gladiators being given the nickname Amazon. A knee injury forced her to withdraw from the gameshow in 1996.
Since then, Sharron has appeared regularly as one of the BBC's main swimming commentators. She provided commentary for the BBC at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was a presenter at London's Olympics Handover Party in the Mall.
London will be Sharron’s 10th Olympics, three competing and six working for the media.
As an athlete, Paul Dickenson competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics; Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980. He held the British and Commonwealth records for throwing the hammer.
Paul joined the BBC Sports team in 1987 as a trackside reporter and since 1990 he has commentated on every major athletics meeting for the BBC, as well as the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Paul is a voice that is known to millions. Amongst many major outside broadcasts, Paul has also commentated on programmes such as the Lord Mayors Show, Superstars, World’s Strongest Man, Comic Relief and Sports Relief.
Jill Douglas is an experienced sports broadcaster with a strong journalistic background. She began her career as a newspaper reporter before moving into television news as a reporter and presenter. With a passion for sport, she moved to the BBC Scotland in 1997 as the first female presenter of Rugby Special before spending four years as a presenter with Sky Sports. Jill rejoined the BBC in 2003 and currently presents live major sporting events.
Rugby is Jill’s first love and she has presented and reported on several major internationals and club matches. She has been a touchline reporter and presenter at the 6 Nations and Autumn Internationals for the BBC and worked on the 2003 World Cup, 2007 World Cup and Lions Tour to New Zealand with BBC Radio 5 live.
Jill has also covered and presented a variety of international cycling events for the BBC including nine World Track Championships, a number of World Road Cycling Championships, World Cup events and the Tour of Britain.
She was a key member of the BBC’s team at the Athens Olympics and Paralympics in 2004, the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and also at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. Other major events have included Wimbledon, The London Marathon and Burghley Horse Trials. Jill has also hosted Radio 5 live’s evening weekday sports show Radio 5 live Sport.
Gail Emms is a British badminton player who has achieved international success at the very top of the game.
A badminton player since the age of four, Gail was first chosen to represent England in 1995, and has played regularly for her country ever since.
Along with partner Nathan Robertson she has been No. 1 in the world at mixed doubles, All England Champion, Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist.
Alongside the Olympic success, Gail won gold with Robertson in the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and in the 2004 European Championships.
Individually, she also won gold at the 2004 European Championships and in the 2006 World Championships, while taking a bronze with Joanne Goode in the women’s doubles at the 2002 Commonwealth Games – where another gold medal came as part of the England team in the mixed team event.
Since retiring from the game after the Beijing Olympics, Gail has worked as a sports presenter, including stints on the 4Sport Show on Channel 4, providing badminton coverage for Sky badminton and BBC Radio 5 Live and has appeared on BC One's A Question of Sport.
Gail is also working as a mentor for 2012 hopefuls.
Non Evans MBE
Non Evans is a commentator for BBC Radio Wales and a regular pundit for Scrum V as well as one of Wales’ most successful sporting personalities having achieved international honours in four different sports – rugby, Judo, Weightlifting and Olympic Freestyle Wrestling.
She is most recognised for her performance on the rugby field since making her debut for Wales in 1996. Non scored 64 international tries for Wales in just 87 caps giving her the best strike rate in world rugby. She is also the only Welsh player to have represented ‘The World 15’ against New Zealand in 2003. She played her last game for Wales in the 2010 Rugby World Cup, just weeks before competing at the Commonwealth Games in Dehli.
Her broadcasting and media career include being a contender in ITV’s Gladiators in 1997; being the first female presenter for S4C ‘Y Clwb Rygbi’ from 1997 -2000; and she was the first female pundit for ITV with the Rugby World Cup in 2007. She also appeared on BBC Celebrity Mastermind in 2009.
Non was awarded an MBE for services to sport in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Nicola Fairbrother is one of Great Britain's strongest women fighters. By the time she competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, she was already European Champion.
With four European Titles (one junior and three senior) under her belt, Nicola has proved to be a consistent fighter. She held the World Title at Hamilton, Canada in 1993 and won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. After adding another European gold to her medal collection in 1995, Nicola retired from competitive judo in 1999. She now regularly commentates on judo for the BBC and runs the children's judo magazine Koka Kids.
Nicola was awarded an MBE, for her contribution to British Sport and has also been presented with the Dame Edith Russell – Smith Vase on two occasions for Women’s British Judo Personality of the year.
Mitch Fenner is well known for his gymnastics commentary. He has covered seven Olympic Games; six Commonwealth Games and several World and European Championships for the BBC.
Aside from commentating, Mitch is also an accomplished gymnastics coach and was previously the Master Coach for the British Gymnastics and the Great Britain National Men’s Gymnastic teams. He has recently been appointed as the Senior National Coach for the Netherlands team.
Brendan Foster CBE
Brendan Foster's athletics career saw him compete in in three Olympic Games; the 1970 Commonwealth Championships in Edinburgh (15,000m), the 1974 European Championships (5,000m) and the 1978 Commonwealth Championship in Edmonton (10,000m).
He also set two world records for the 3,000m (1972 and 1974), competed in three Olympic Games and claimed Britain's only track and field medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
In 1980, Brendan retired from active athletics. His career as a commentator began shortly afterwards and he has worked for the BBC commentating and reporting on Athletics at every major event since 1983.
Brendan was also the brains behind Britain's biggest annual road race, The Great North Run.
Brendan Foster was awarded the MBE in 1976 and a CBE in 2008.
Mark Foster is one of Britain’s best known swimmers and TV sporting personalities.
He became a fixture on the International swimming scene from the age of 16 when he represented England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He went on to represent his country more times and received more decorations than any other male swimmer.
Throughout his three decade career, Mark won 47 international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times World champion, 11 times European champion, 2 times Commonwealth Champion and broke 8 World records. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics
Out of the pool, Mark has become a familiar face on television, most famously hitting the dance floor in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on BBC One.
Tanni Grey-Thompson is the winner of 11 Paralympic gold medals and a six-time winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon, ensuring her place as Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She was voted BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1992, 2000 and 2004.
Now retired, Tanni still plays an active role in the administration of sport. Amongst other positions she is a consultant to the London 2012 Organising Committee, a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Trustee, on the board of Transport for London, and is an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF.
In 2005 she was made Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a “people’s peer”. With specialist interest in sport, disability, health and youth development she sits on the crossbenches, bringing a wealth of experience and authority to the House.
Since retiring, she has also built a successful broadcasting career, working for BBC Wales, S4C and BBC One.
Alan is one of the most successful British football players of all time. Having won all of the honours available at club level at least twice, he also captained his Liverpool side to a historic double in 1986. His playing career was ended in 1991 by a knee injury and since then his keen tactical understanding of the game have helped to make him a key part of the Match of the Day presenting team.
Alan has fronted a number of BBC football themed documentaries and also writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph.
Outside football Alan’s main interests are golf, tennis and the theatre.
Before embarking on his professional playing career, Alan was awarded a place at Aberdeen University to read History.
Born in June 1955, Hansen began his career at Partick Thistle in 1973 making 108 appearances before his move to Merseyside in 1977. He made 621 appearances for Liverpool, captaining the team between 1985 and 1990.
During his 14 years at Anfield, Alan made 621 appearances, won eight Championships, three European Cups, two FA Cups and four League Cups. He was also capped 26 times by Scotland.
Judy Harvey is a professional dressage trainer and rider based in Buckinghamshire.
Judy’s love of horses began in Kenya where, as a teenager, she was able to enjoy a broad spectrum of horse activities including show jumping, eventing, racing and very little dressage.
Returning to England at the age of 21 she was fortunate to be taken under the wing of Barbara Slane Fleming, a leading Dressage Trainer. Barbara inspired and developed Judy’s understanding and passion for Dressage.
Judy also trained with Ferdi Eilberg, for many years with Stephen Clarke, (who is President of the Ground Jury in London 2012) and currently with Dutch Trainer Bert Rutten.
Her career initially followed the British Horse Society Instructor's route where she qualified as a Fellow in 1987. Training riders and horses has always been her main focus. There are many successful riders who have trained with her, notably Daniel Sherriff, Hannah Esberger-Shepherd, Roland Tong, favourite for an individual medal Charlotte Dujardin and event rider Ruth Edge.
Judy has ridden at the National Championships every year since 1981 and has judged there at most levels from Preliminary to Grand Prix. She has won five national titles.
Judy qualified as a Dressage Judge in 1978 and is now an FEI Judge. She has judged in Europe, the USA, six countries in Africa on the FEI Challenge, and China.
Judy was also a selector for the senior dressage team for eight years, involved in selecting riders for Sydney, Athens and Hong Kong.
Her success with Richard Heley's Fitzcerraldo, competing internationally, has allowed Judy to fulfill her lifetime dream of winning two international Grand Prix, in Vierzon, France and Seville, Spain. They continue to enjoy competing and mastering the art of Grand Prix Level Dressage.
She joined the BBC commentary team for the first time at the European Championships at Windsor in 2009 and again at Olympia in 2010 and 2011.
Tim Henman was one of Britain’s most successful male tennis players of the open era. He was Britain’s No 1; reached four Wimbledon semi-finals and peaked at No 4 in the ATP world rankings in a career that lasted 14 years, beginning in 1993 and lasting until his retirement from the sport in 2007.
Since his retirement Tim has been a member of BBC Wimbledon commentary team which he joined in 2008.
In the course of his tennis career Tim won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and played Davis Cup for Great Britain from the age of 19. He won 11 titles in the course of his career.
Off the court Tim was Chairman of the ATP Charities programme in 2000 and also founded his own charity that year called ‘Kids at Heart’.
His interests still include all sports and, in particular golf, where he plays off a scratch handicap.
An Olympic gold medallist cox in the 1992 coxed pair and a World rowing champion in 1993, this will be Garry's fourth Olympics commentating for the BBC. Garry has also covered 12 World Rowing Championships in the commentary box.
A former barrister, Garry now works in investment management.
Five time Olympic skier and major winter sports personality, Graham Bell consistently appears on television covering major sporting events including the Winter Olympics and World Skiing Championships.
Graham has presented BBC Two programme ‘Ski Sunay’ for over a decade and covered every winter Olympics since the 2002 games at Salt Lake City. In 2009 Graham presented the primetime winter sports programme ‘High Altitude’ on BBC Two.
His experience as a presenter and cameraman has enabled Graham to cover extreme sports events in both the summer and winter months. He was a key pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the World Triathlon Series and also has covered the world famous Tour de France for ITV.
Celina got her first break in broadcasting by winning the BBC talent scheme. Early on in her career, she worked as a sports reporter for the World Service and Radio 5 live.
In the summer of 2002, she joined BBC news and has been a regular face presenting sport on the news channel and the ten o'clock news ever since. In 2004, she presented and reported for BBC News at the Athens Olympics.
In 2005, Celina became the first woman to present Match of the Day and she has also fronted Football Focus and Final Score.
Celina has been a key member of the BBC's Wimbledon coverage for the last few years. She is now a freelancer and will be the lead reporter at the French Open for ITV.
Andrea Holland has competed in synchronised swimming at an international level and was European Duet Champion; individually ranked 5th in the World and won eight national titles. In addition Andrea has coached teams for both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.
Andrea launched her broadcasting career with the BBC in 1993 at the European Championships. Since then she has commentated on a number of events including Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
Colin Jackson is without a doubt one of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, with almost over a decade spent at the very pinnacle of his sport.
As a 110m hurdler, Colin was ranked in the world top ten for 16 years and he was World No.1 from 1992-1994. For the last seven years of his career Colin was never out of the world’s top 3 and went on to set seven European, eight Commonwealth and nine UK records at 110m hurdles. Colin still holds the World Record over 60m hurdles indoors (7.30, Sindelfingen 1994).
On retirement, Colin was a natural choice to become one of the key members of the BBC’s sports production team and he continues to cover all of their Athletics output as a BBC pundit. His broadcasting career began by covering the Athens Olympics and since then he has been an integral part of the BBC output for all major athletic events since including the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In 2008 Colin co-hosted the BBC One live morning show ‘Sunday Life’ and also filmed ‘The Truth About You’ a BBC One documentary looking at the science behind his body, brain and success.
Colin traced his roots in a moving episode of BBC One's highly acclaimed, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and appeared on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Colin worked extensively with the BBC Wales award nominated sport website ‘Raise your Game’ from 2004 until early 2012, which, with the help of celebrity interviews and invaluable advice, encouraged children to be ambitious in sport and life in general.
Andrew Jameson has commentated on swimming for the BBC since 1989. London 2012 marks his eighth Olympic games – two as a swimmer and six as commentator.
He was a junior British swimming international from the age of 12 and has held British and Commonwealth records in the 100m butterfly and British records in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.
Andrew competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 games in Seoul where he won a bronze medal. He was also Commonwealth champion (1986) and European champion (1987) in the 100m Butterfly.
For the past 15 years Andrew has been a trustee of the National Swimming Trust.
Michael Johnson is one of the most successful runners in the world and is generally considered one of the greatest sprinters in the history of track and field.
He made history at the 1996 Olympics where he became the first man to ever win a gold medal for both the 200 metres and 400 metres at the same Olympics.
During his career he has won 19 international gold medals. He held the world record for the 200 metres between 1996 -2008, his world record for the 400 metres set in 1999 is yet to be broken.
Michael’s many accolades include being inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall Of Fame, being named U.S Male Olympian of the Decade (1990-1999), winning an ESPN Award and being awarded International Sportsman of the Year in 2000.
After winning the 400 metres and 4x400m relay at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Michael retired. He is now an integral part to the BBC’s commentary team providing expert analysis on a range of athletics sporting events.
He has also appeared on Radio 4’s iconic programme ‘Desert Island Discs’.
Phil is the BBC’s trackside athletics reporting, having first taken on that role at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He subsequently covered the Beijing Olympics in 2008, World Championships in Osaka in 2007 & Berlin 2009 and European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 & Barcelona in 2010 – along with all the BBC’s domestic athletics output, including the London Marathon and Great North Run. He was part of the BAFTA-winning team for BBC Sport’s coverage of the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
Wimbledon will see Phil report on the BBC Sport team for the 11th consecutive year, although he first worked on the Championships as a BBC reporter in 1994 before moving to work in the United States that same year. Thereafter, he covered Wimbledon for American networks CNN and TNT until returning to the UK in 2002 and is approaching two decades of working at the world’s most prestigious tennis event.
Phil currently presents sport on the BBC World News channel out of MediaCity in his home city of Salford. He carried out a similar role for almost eight years from September 1994 for CNN International, hosting their flagship World Sport show almost 2,000 times and co-hosting CNN’s coverage of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002, World Cup football in France in 1998 and both Euro 96 and Euro 2000 football tournaments. He also presented CNN’s weekly golf show for two years, reported from the Masters and co-hosted the US PGA Championship for CNNSi in 2001.
Sean Kerly MBE, is a world famous hockey player. He was part of the GB Men’s Hockey Team that won Olympic Gold in Seoul in 1988 beating West Germany.
Sean played hockey for England in the Under 16, Under 18 and Under 21 teams before gaining his first full international cap at 21. That match kick-started a 12 year career during which he notched up over 100 international goals and played in two World Cups and three Olympic Games.
In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Sean and the GB team secured a bronze medal and reached the finals during the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Following two successful Olympics, the team won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Team Awards in 1984 and in 1988. In the interim Sean also won silver medals at the 1986 World Cup and the 1987 European Cup.
Today, Sean continues to play hockey for Canterbury and has provided commentary for the BBC’s coverage of Commonwealth and Olympic hockey matches.
Lisa Knights represented Great Britain for almost ten years as a member of the GB water polo team and competed in two European swimming championships, world cups and the Commonwealth Water Polo Tournament in Manchester.
Lisa then moved to Australia where she played Water Polo in their National League for five years. She commentated on the Men’s National League at the Sydney Olympic Stadium and covered the women’s Olympic Final for Sky Australia.
Since then Lisa has worked for ITV covering the Athens Olympics, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Varsity Boat Race.
Currently Lisa works as a television presenter for Sky News covering news, sport and showbiz.
Born in Lancashire Mark began his career at his home town club, Preston North End and also played for Brighton and Hove Albion before Bob Paisley paid £900,000 to bring him to Liverpool in 1981.
Mark won a host of major honours with Liverpool before an Achilles injury brought his playing career to a premature end at the age of 30. His partnership with Alan Hansen is still regarded by Liverpool fans as the club’s best-ever central defence pairing and he was capped 39 times by the Republic of Ireland.
At the end of his playing career ‘Lawro’ managed Oxford United and worked alongside Kevin Keegan as a defensive coach at Newcastle.
He has been a BBC football pundit since 1997 and is a now regular on Match of the Day alongside Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen whilst also fulfilling the role of summariser for Radio 5 live.
Ed is probably best known as co-presenter of the institution that is Ski Sunday (BBC Two).
Ed has presented the last four series of the show along with ‘High Altitude’ and his unique and diverse talents enable him to deal with all the extreme challenges the show presents.
In addition to his work on Ski Sunday, Ed has also commentated for the BBC at the last two Winter Olympics (BBC Two) in 2006 and 2010.
This summer sees Ed travel across the globe once again anchoring the fifth series of X Fighters. From Dubai to Madrid and culminating in a thrilling live final in Sydney the series focused on bringing the spectacular sport of Freestyle Motocross to life, something that Ed’s infectious passion has done with great success. Alongside his other television commitments, Ed has remained at the helm of the long running RTS award winning series Freesports on 4 (Channel 4) during its impressive seven year run.
Ed will be part for the BBC’s London 2012 commentary team.
Jonathan Legard is an experienced versatile sports broadcaster.
During his 25 year career, Legard has been the BBC's Formula One TV and radio commentator as well as motor racing and football correspondent. He has reported from two Olympic Games, Barcelona and Atlanta; the 2006 World Cup; the 1995 Ryder Cup and the Open Golf Championships in 1994 and 1995.
More recently Jonathan commentated on the BBC’s TV coverage of the Boat Race and in 2011 he covered the Boat Race and the World Rowing Championships for BBC Radio 5 live.
His comprehensive portfolio also includes presenting Sport on the BBC News Channel, BBC World and BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Today Programme’ and commentating on football for the BBC’s ‘Football League Show’.
Denise Lewis OBE is a retired British athlete who specialised in the heptathlon, in which and she won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Alongside Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu, Lewis is one of the current "golden girls" of British athletics and has twice (1998 and 2000) been runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
In 2004, Lewis took part in the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. She was partnered alongside professional dancer, Ian Waite and in the first few weeks scored the highest number of points with the judges. She eventually reached the final and was runner-up to actress Jill Halfpenny.
In 2009, Denise was a pundit for BBC Sport's coverage of the 2009 World Athletics Championships from Berlin alongside Michael Johnson and Colin Jackson a role she filled again for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
John Lloyd is a former professional tennis player and current television commentator.
During his career, John became the first British male tennis player to reach a Grand Slam singles final in Australia in 1977. Though he never won a Grand Slam singles titles, John did win three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles partnering Australia's Wendy Turnbull, beginning with the French Open mixed doubles in 1982. The pair finished runners-up in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon that year, and then went on to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown in both 1983 and 1984.
When his playing career came to an end, Lloyd stayed within the tennis world, finding work as a coach and television commentator. Since the 1990s, Lloyd has been a commentator and analyst for the BBC's tennis coverage, particularly at Wimbledon. He has also worked for Sky Sports on their coverage of the US Open 2009.
After a career in teaching, Ian Marshall qualified as an England table tennis coach in 1964 and served as coach for Cambridgeshire and Shropshire before going on to coach the national team for 20 years from 1980 to 2000.
He was administration director for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) from 1995 to 1996 and the organisation’s competition manager from 1996 to 1997. Ian was the England table tennis team manager from 1997 to 2000 and is currently publications editor for the ITTF.
Ian Marshall has been a prominent broadcaster covering the sport of table tennis, having worked at the European Championships, Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, numerous international events and the Athens and Beijing Olympic games.
Ron is a BBC Sport commentator and reporter, focusing primarily on boxing and basketball. Having commentated on the basketball at the 2008 Olympics from Beijing, London 2012 will see Ron calling the boxing instead.
Other than boxing and basketball Ron has also commentated on a number of other sports covered by the BBC. This includes athletics and Wimbledon, where in June 2010, commentating on his first ever match, Ron ended up setting a new world record with the longest continuous commentary for a single match after John Isner and Nicholas Mahut played for 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Leigh’s life in sailing began at an early age on the Isle of Wight. He progressed through the RYA squads to become part of the European Team, before gaining selection to the RYA World-Class Performance Sailing Team during the 2001 World Championships finishing in 9th place. The subsequent eight years campaigning resulted in being selected to represent Team GB at two Olympic Games in 2004/2008 and achieving two World Championship Silver Medals.
Since the 2008 Olympics, Leigh’s sailing has taken a new direction, focusing more on the professional aspect of the sport, specifically being heavily involved with the Extreme 40 circuit for the last 3 years, with different teams.
Leigh will be part of the BBC’s sailing commentary team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Swansea-born and former solicitor, David Mercer entered sports broadcasting as a freelance via BBC Wales in 1979 and joined BBC Radio Sport in London on a full-time basis in 1984. He joined the BBC Television commentary team in 1992.
Tennis has been his main sport since then, but he has also commentated and reported on football, rugby union, rowing, skiing, skating, badminton, snooker, squash, ice hockey and American football.
David won the Welsh Junior Doubles title in 1968 and in 1969 he captained the tennis team at Nottingham University. From 1973 – 1984, he umpired at Wimbledon, taking care of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and Men’s Singles Final in 1984.
David has worked on and provided voice-overs for various television magazine programmes on golf, rugby union and tennis and regularly writes regularly for a number of tennis magazines.
Jason has been part of the BBC’s Six Nations Rugby Union team since 2010 presenting from studio and interviewing players and coaches pitchside. Jason has also presented BBC Football’s Final Score and sports news on BBC Breakfast. This year he hosted BBC Wales’ Scrum V Six Nations Specials during Wales’ Grand Slam success and the TV show Sport Wales.
He also has his own daily radio show on BBC Radio Wales. Jason joined the BBC in 1998 after studying Welsh & Politics at Swansea University, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University. His first big sporting assignment was at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006. In 2008, he fronted a TV special from Las Vegas when Joe Calzaghe beat Bernard Hopkins in 2008.
Adrian Moorhouse MBE retired from a career unparalleled in British swimming in 1992. His twelve years at international level produced an Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and saw him sustain his World No. 1 ranking for six consecutive years.
Adrian is now the Managing Director and co-founder of Lane4, a leading performance development consultancy. His role at Lane4 centres around shaping Lane4 as a business and driving the company’s growth, whilst ensuring the maintenance of strong client relationships and delivery of high quality products. Adrian was voted Best Leader 2007 and 2009 in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For. He was also named in The Top 30 Most Influential HR Thinkers in the UK 2010 and 2011.
Adrian’s work in the field of sport is still ongoing as an Official Team GB 2012 Ambassador, a swimming commentator for the BBC, patron of the children’s charity SPARKS and Chairman of Bucks 2012 Co-ordinating Group. In 1987, Adrian was awarded an MBE for his services to swimming.
Over the past decade Guy has established himself as one of the leading football commentators on British television. Recruited by the BBC in 2004, he has become a permanent fixture on Match of the Day, calling the action to millions of viewers every weekend.
Guy’s career begun in his home city of York, working on a part-time basis for BBC local radio as a football and rugby league commentator.
From there a move to the independent sector and full-time radio work beckoned, with Guy eventually moving up to the North East of England to become the Sports Editor for Metro Radio. Here he was responsible for exclusive 90-minute commentary on all Sunderland AFC games, which Guy produced, presented and commentated as a full 4-hour show every match day. In 1999, his work was recognised with top honours in both the prestigious Sony & EMAP radio awards.
During this time, Guy’s television career had begun with work for Eurosport, commentating on all of the channel’s major football events. The highlight of this time was being chosen as principal commentator for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. On July 12th of that year Guy became the youngest ever television commentator of the World Cup final, an achievement recognised by the Royal Television Society the following year, who named him Best Newcomer in TV sport.
ITV then secured Guy’s services for his first exposure on national network television, beginning a five year spell that took him to three major football tournaments and to every corner of Europe covering the UEFA Champions League.
With the BBC regaining the rights to screen Premiership highlights from 2004, another move was in the offing, and Guy crossed channels to become an integral and well-known member of the Match of the Day team.
Nick Mullins joined the BBC nearly 25 years ago and has become one of the most versatile sports broadcasters on radio and television.
He has covered a wide variety of events including opening and closing ceremonies, hockey, triathlon, judo and taekwondo at three Olympic Games Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Nick was also part of the BBC’s Paralympic coverage in 2004 and 2008.
Nick’s broadcasting career started on BBC Radio Leicester and Radio Kent before he moved to covering sport on Radio 5 live and on TV. During his time he has commentated on Premier League football matches, Wimbledon, the University Boat Race, the London Marathon and five Rugby Union World Cups.
Liz first took up archery with her family in 1988 at Coventry Archery Club. Through the 1990’sshe represented Great Britain as a Junior 16 times winning international medals in both individual and team events. In addition she was British University National Champion and Senior Olympic Training Squad Member and reached a senior GB ranking of number 2.
In 2000 Liz represented England in the winning team at the Euronations, before going on to marry international archer Jonathan Mynott. Liz is Performance Coach to three times Olympic archers Simon Terry and Naomi Folkard, is a visiting Performance Coach to regional and county squads and is the author of a series of performance articles published in international archery magazines The Glade and The Bow.
Former Chemistry teacher, Jim Neilly joined BBC Northern Ireland as a television sports presenter and rugby commentator. He added boxing commentary to his portfolio from 1980, when he became a fully-qualified judge after completing the Amateur International Boxing Association’s exams.
As a rugby commentator, Jim has commentated on 34 Five/Six Nations Championship seasons for BBC Radio 2; BBC Radio 5 live; Radio Ulster and BBC Television. He has covered six Rugby World Cup Finals (1987-2007), and all Ireland’s major domestic and overseas internationals since 1979.
Jim became Head of Sport and Events for BBC Northern Ireland in 1989, a post he occupied for five years, while continuing to commentate on both rugby and boxing, and was also the presenter of the Sony Award Winning “Midweek Sportsound” in 1989, the first Sony Award to be won by Radio Ulster.
Now one of the most senior members of BBC Television’s network commentary team at major games, Jim has been involved in seven Olympic Games (1984-2008), eight Commonwealth Games (1982-2010), and has been BBC Television’s Network Boxing Commentator since 1994.
David first joined the BBC in 1986 as Sports editor on BBC Radio Manchester. During this time he doubled up as the BBC’s Manchester United reporter. After eight years in the role he joined BBC Radio Sport as a producer before going on to a presenter/commentator/reporter role. David’s focus has always been on football and Rugby League and he has covered three Football World Cups and three Rugby League World Cups. In addition he has worked on two Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada (1994) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1998).
This will be David’s first Olympic Games.
Jacqui Oatley is a member of the BBC football team, commentating for BBC Television and Radio 5 live. Jacqui also presents sports news on the BBC News Channel and in April 2007, became the first female commentator on Match of the Day.
Jacqui joined BBC Radio 5 live in 2003, having previously worked in local radio for BBC Radio Leeds and BBC London as a sports reporter. She also worked on BBC West Midlands in Birmingham as a news reporter.
Jacqui changed career from intellectual property management to journalism after a serious knee injury whilst playing football in 2000. She had been a keen footballer for many years prior to the injury and is an FA qualified football coach. She has reported many times for the BBC’s Football Focus and the Football League Show. She commentated for Radio 5 Live on several matches at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
She was the Austria-based reporter for BBC Television at Euro 2008. Later that year, she commentated live on Beijing Olympics football matches for television. Jacqui also commentated and reported on Women’s Euro 2005 in England and the Women’s World Cup in China in 2007. She presented the children’s television show “Level Up” at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Jacqui also presents the FAWSL highlights show for ESPN and reports on the Premier League’s worldwide television channel (IMG).
Away from football, Jacqui follows a wide range of other sports. As well as having covered tennis, rugby league and MotoGP, she has also reported from the World Snooker Championship and the Open Golf Championship.
Having been introduced to boxing while serving with the Royal Navy, Lucy stepped into the ring for her first bout in June 2005 in the National Championships. She have been ranked as the number one female featherweight in England, and is currently ranked as the number one female bantamweight in England having recently won her fifth National ABA title. She has represented England for the last six years and in that time has been selected for a world championship, three European and three European Union Championships, winning a number of medals, but most notably became the first British female to win a European Union gold medal.
The announcement in 2009 to include female boxing in the Olympics 2012 unfortunately did not include Lucy's current weight category (57kg) and so at the end of the European Championships that same year she decided to change weight categories to flyweight in order to give herself the best possible chance for qualification for London. In January 2010 she was selected as one of the seven women of the newly formed Great Britain Olympic preparation boxing squad. In April I had the honour to be chosen as the first woman to Captain the inaugural GB women’s team in the Prime Ministry tournament in Turkey, the largest international tournament behind the World Championships where she won a silver medal.
However, after nearly a year with the Great Britain Boxing Team, the weight reduction began to take its toll on her health. Consequently she made the very difficult decision to leave GB boxing and relinquish her chances at Olympic participation, in order to concentrate on finishing her boxing career at bantam-weight and regain overall health.
Having co-commentated for the BBC at two consecutive GB Boxing Championships, Lucy will co-commentate for the BBC at the forthcoming London Olympics for the women's boxing competition.
Ore Oduba is one of CBBC’s best known faces and is the anchor of Newsround. He currently co-hosts British Olympic Dreams, a series looking into the lives of Britain’s 2012 Olympic hopefuls. Earlier this year, he presented the sport/entertainment show Ultimate Sports Day, CBBC’s contribution to the BBC’s Olympics coverage.
Ore has interviewed some of the biggest names in sport such as David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Lord Sebastian Coe and IOC President, Jacques Rogge. In the summer of 2010 he was deployed to South Africa to report on the football World Cup before a trip to Singapore for BBC Sport to report at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. He is the host of CBBC’s Saturday morning football show and Match of the Day spin-off, Match of the Day Kickabout.
His BBC Sport portfolio also includes presenting on Match of the Day and The Football League Show and hosting live coverage of the Track Cycling World Championships from the Netherlands in March 2011. He is also a familiar face on the BBC Breakfast sofa as a relief sports presenter and can also be seen on the BBC News Channel presenting from the BBC Sport Centre.
As a representative of youth sport, Ore was asked to join the panel of judges to find the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year (2009 – present). Ore was also on the judging panel for BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards 2010.
London 2012 will be Eleanor's sixth summer Olympics for BBC radio and TV. Barcelona 1992 was her first - since then she has reported on a whole range of sports, including gymnastics, fencing, shooting, judo and modern pentathlon.
This year she adds synchronised swimming to her repertoire for the first time. Eleanor has worked for BBC Sport since 1991, and her other career highlights include reporting from two Winter Olympics (Lillehammer 94 and Vancouver 2010), and presenting for Radio 5 live from the Brazilian Grand Prix, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, Wembley Cup Finals, Six Nations Rugby matches and The Derby. She was a roving reporter for radio's Test Match Special team from 2000-2004.
In 1994 Eleanor became the first - and is so far the only - woman to have presented BBC radio's iconic Sports Report programme. She is an Arsenal fan and has two daughters. .
Jonathan Pearce has over 35 years broadcasting experience working in and around football. He has commentated on over 150 England internationals, five World Cups, four European Championships and over 20 Cup Finals. He has won several awards for his work including three Sony awards and a gold medal for Best Sports Commentary at the New York Radio Festival.
Having started his career on local radio, including Southern Sound Radio; Radio West/GWR and BBC Radio 2, Jonathan joined Capital Radio and worked on Capital Gold as Sports editor/Commentator. When Channel 5 was launched in 1997, Jonathan was signed as their lead football commentator for all international and domestic games, until 2004.
Jonathan remained at Capital for 15 years until he joined BBC Radio 5 live in 2002. During his time at the station he was part of the Radio 5 live 2002 FIFA World Cup commentary team and went on to present the station's midweek sports programme Sport on Five from 2003 until 2005. In 2004 Jonathan became a commentator on BBC One’s Match of the Day.
Throughout 2010 Jonathan was also the face of ‘Late Kick Off’ a Football League show that gave fans across the South, West and South West unparalleled access to their teams.
In addition to commentating, Jonathan is a regular contributor to the BBC Sports website writing insightful and entertaining football related blogs.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
Four times Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent is one of Great Britain’s most successful and highest profile athletes of all time.
In 1992 Matthew graduated in Geography from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Rowing Club. Also in 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a Coxless Pair with Sir Steve Redgrave, he won Gold at the Barcelona Olympics. Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten international season, and it was already obvious that Matthew was developing to become one of the world’s greatest oarsmen.
At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Pinsent/Redgrave duo won another Gold medal and throughout the nineties their outstanding combination also brought them Seven World Championship Gold’s.
Their unbroken run of successes continued through to the Millennium Olympic Games in Sydney when Pinsent, still with Redgrave but now in a Coxless Four with James Cracknell and Tim Foster, again triumphed earning Pinsent his THIRD Olympic Gold Medal. “THE RACE” in which he did it was voted ‘Britain’s Greatest Sporting Moment’ and the crew secured themselves a very special place in the heart of the nation.
After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible Coxless Pair partnership with James Cracknell MBE. Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the Coxless Pair at the World Championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the Coxed Pairs. In the 2002 World Championships in Seville they defended their Coxless Pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.
On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic Games, Matthew Pinsent CBE entered Olympic history by becoming one of only 5 athletes to win 4 consecutive Gold medals. In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian World Champions by only eight one hundredths of a second.
On 30th November 2004 Matthew announced his retirement from international rowing. He undoubtedly sealed his name amongst the greatest Olympians of all time by winning again in Athens.
Matthew is an outstanding motivational and after dinner speaker. He was awarded the MBE in 1993, the CBE in 2001 and in the 2005 New Year’s Honours list he was awarded a knighthood.
His autobiography, “A lifetime in a race”, which he wrote himself was published on 2nd September 2004 and whatever the future holds, Matthew will no doubt be at the forefront of any career, whether it be in rowing, sport, business or the media.
Hugh Porter MBE began cycling at the age of 16 and went on to become one of Britain's greatest professional cyclists.
During his career Hugh was four time World Champion for the Individual Pursuit as well as a gold medallist in the 1966 Commonwealth Games. He also competed in the World Professional and Amateur Road Race Championships and the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In March 1973, Hugh travelled to Buckingham Palace and was made an MBE for his services to cycle racing. In 2009 Hugh was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.
Hugh is now commentates on cycle events. He has commentated on every Summer Olympics since 1984 and every Commonwealth Games since 1986 for the BBC. He also covered the last two Winter Olympics where he reported on the speed skating events again for the BBC.
Hugh is a Freeman of the City of Wolverhampton
Having been capped 13 times (scoring once) for England, Jo currently plays for Birmingham City Ladies in the FA WSL. At club level Potter is noted for her crossing abilities and goal-scoring record. She has played in two FA Women's Cup finals – with Arsenal in 2004 and Charlton Athletic in 2007.
A qualified FA skills coach, Potter has worked as a BBC television football pundit since 2007.
Sir Steve Redgrave MBE CBE
Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He is one of only five athletes in history to have achieved this.
Due to his sporting achievements Sir Steve became the first athlete to have the honour of carrying the Union Jack flag at two Olympic opening ceremonies.
Sir Steve’s rowing accomplishments have been well recognised throughout the world. He has received numerous high profile accolades, and in 2000 was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 2011 Sir Steve was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.
In the New Year’s Honours List of 1987 Sir Steve was awarded the MBE and ten years later the CBE. Following his success in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Sir Steve was awarded a Knighthood in 2001. In February 2011 Sir Steve became a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy and in July of that year Sir Steve was voted the greatest Olympian of all time in a poll by The Sunday Telegraph.
Sir Steve established The Steve Redgrave Trust in 2001 with the aim of raising £5 million to improve and enhance the quality of young people’s lives. In February 2008, the Steve Redgrave Trust became the Steve Redgrave Fund as it joined with Sport Relief and became a part of the Comic Relief family.
He was also an integral part in the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. Not only was he a key figure in convincing the government and the Mayor of London to back the bid, he also acted as a founding member of the bid and Chairman of the Bid’s Athlete Advisory Group.
Despite his many other time commitments, Sir Steve continues his close involvement with rowing albeit in a media capacity, appearing as a regular analyst of televised rowing events.
Helen Reeves is one of Great Britain’s most successful canoeists.
She represented her country for 10 years at international level and was the first British woman to win an Olympic bronze in canoeing at the 2004 games in Athens. She is also a World Cup gold medallist and a World Championship bronze medal holder.
In broadcasting, Helen was a co-commentator at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing covering the canoe slalom and canoe sprint and also a co-commentator for the canoe slalom at the 2009 European Championships as well as the 2006 and 2011 World Championships.
Shirley Robertson OBE made history by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold Medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
Born in Dundee, Shirley started sailing at the age of seven and began training for the Olympics after she graduated from University in 1990.
By the late 1990s she had won silver medals at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Europe Class World Championships and competed in the 1992 Barcelona Games and 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2000 Shirley won a gold medal at the Millennium Olympic Games in Sydney and was voted ISAF World Female Sailor of the Year. In the same year she was also awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to British sailing.
In 2001 Shirley switched to the new Yngling class and her team finished 14th at the World Championships. Over the next two years the team finished third at the 2002 Olympic Test Event and won the 2003 Pre-Olympic regatta. In 2004 Shirley’s achieved her historical second Gold Medal at the Olympics in Athens.
Since winning her second gold medal Shirley has established a solid career in media. After a regular presenting spot on BBC South TV, she hosted BBC Scotland’s Sports Saturday programme standing in for John Beattie and presented BBC Grandstand.
Although Shirley didn’t compete at the Beijing Olympics she covered the event as part of the BBC Olympic sailing commentary team. She continues to present CNN’s monthly sailing TV programme ‘Mainsail’.
Shirley is also part of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Sport Advisory Group.
Savage began his career with Manchester United and played in the same 1992 FA Youth Cup winning team as David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt. He moved on to Crewe before joining Martin O’Neill’s Leicester City in 1997, where his tenacious tackling and will to win quickly made him stand out from the crowd. Savage, who also played for Birmingham, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County, was a League Cup winner with Leicester in 2000.
The 37-year-old won 39 caps for Wales between 1995 and 2004. He famously swapped his football boots for his dancing shoes last year during an unforgettable stint on Strictly Come Dancing following his retirement.
Robbie is now a regular summariser for 5 live and presenter of phone in show 606.
Richard Simmonds has commentated for the BBC throughout the most successful era in British Olympic Sailing. London 2012 will be his fourth Games.
Simmonds has also been the voice of sailing behind major international sailing events for over a decade, from the World Championships for all the Olympic sailing classes to the America’s Cup and Ellen MacArthur’s record-breaking laps of the planet. His life sees him on regular sorties to some of the most remote corners of the planet covering major ocean races.
In addition to commentating Simmonds, Joint Managing Director of Sunset+Vine|APP who will be producing the BBC coverage of the sailing at London 2012, is a documentary Director with programming credits in the world of sport and adventure. He has Directed BBC programming on the prospects of the British sailing team in the build up to London 2012 and spent time with the British sailors at their Weymouth and Portland headquarters.
He is a passionate sailor and competes in the Laser (one of the classes at the Olympic Games)
Helen Skelton joined the Blue Peter team in the summer of 2008, as the 33rd presenter of the long running show and during this time she has firmly cemented her place alongside the likes of John Noakes as a Blue Peter action star.
In 2009 she became only the second woman ever to complete the Nambia Ultra Marathon – a gruelling 78 mile course through the Namibian desert, which she finished in under 24 hours. Two weeks later she was taking part in the London Marathon. Her other exploits include: kayaking 2,010 miles down the Amazon for Sport Relief, breaking two Guinness World Records; the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest kayak by a woman in 24 hours. This was followed by her Comic Relief challenge in 2011 which featured as a BBC One special, Girl On Wire, in which she undertook a 150 meter long, 66 meter high walk between the towers of Battersea Power Station. The special led to Helen's first Best Presenter nomination at the 2011 Children's BAFTAs as well as earning its own nomination in the Best Factual category.
All of these remarkable achievements however were utterly eclipsed by her latest challenge for Sport Relief. In January 2012 Helen travelled 500 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole by ski, kite and bike, enduring temperatures of -48 degrees, breaking another world record by becoming the fastest person to travel 100km by kite ski.
Away from Blue Peter, Helen has become a regular reporter on 5 Live, covering the London Marathon, Epsom Derby and Wimbledon since 2010.
Helen began her career in broadcasting working on Border ITV before spending time working on radio at CMF. Aged 23 she moved to co-presenting on BBC Radio Cumbria, becoming one of the youngest people ever to present a breakfast show on the BBC network.
Sam was National Champion in 1997 and British No. 1 from 1996-99. She reached her highest world ranking – 55 – in February 1999 and represented Great Britain in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, as well as the Federation Cup and European Team Championships. Sam now works as a freelance tennis commentator and columnist.
Sue Smith began her footballing career playing for Rainhill United and then joined St Helens until she moved to Tranmere Rovers aged 14. Sue played at Tranmere Rovers for many years but left to join Leeds United in the summer of 2002. Sue now plays for the Doncaster Rovers Belles in the new WSL.
Sue made her England debut in 1996 against Germany and scored. She has twice won the Nationwide International Player of the Year award in 1999 and 2001.
Before winning the 1999 award, Sue represented her country when she was picked to play in a FIFA XI against the USA in a showpiece match at the San Jose Stadium, USA.
She made her domestic comeback at the start of the 2002-2003 season after suffering a broken leg and torn ligament damage after a training ground accident in February.
In 2010 Sue won the League Cup with Leeds United and in 2006 reached the FA Cup Final with the same team.
As well as playing football Sue is a regular commentator on BBC television and Sky Sports.
Jamie began his career as a specialist BMX cyclist, learning his trade on the American pro circuit. A seven year stint saw Jamie win the World, European, and British titles and register his abilities as one of the top BMX riders in the world.
Having won just about everything on the BMX circuit Jamie in 2001 turned his attentions to the track and the pursuit of the one title that had eluded him throughout his career, an Olympic medal. It didn’t take long for Jamie to establish himself on the track as a specialist rider in the Sprint and Keirin, claiming a Silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The three-time World Champion finally fulfilled his dream of an Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he claimed Gold in the Team Sprint, an achievement that capped an astonishing career. Having announced his retirement on the 28th March 2010 from the international arena, Jamie is currently leading the US Olympic Sprint Team to glory as their coach.
Jamie is a regular commentator for the BBC and Eurosport.
Christine Still is an International Performance and Master Coach of British Gymnastics and has coached British Teams and International Gymnasts for more than 30 years. She has coached gymnasts to Olympic, Commonwealth, World and European Championships, including Amanda Reddin who is coach to Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan. Her current gymnasts include one of the Great British team that recently took 4th place at the European Championship.
Christine first commentated for the BBC at the World Gymnastic Championship in Birmingham in 1993, recruited by the then producer of gymnastics Barbara Slater. She has commentated at the last four Olympics and five Commonwealth Games as well as all the World, European and Grand Prix Gymnastic events covered by the BBC.
Christine is also part of the Technical Committee of British Gymnastics who has seen the tremendous rise in the success of women’s gymnastics in GB qualifying for the London Olympics by placing 5th at the World Championship in Tokyo in 2011.
Ian Stark MBE OBE
Ian won four Olympic silver medals; firstly in 1984 in Los Angeles where he was part of the Great Britain team that finished second in the three day event. Then four years later in Seoul he added two more silver medals to his haul, in the show jumping competition and in the three day event. He gained yet another silver medal in the 2000 Sydney games, again in the team show jumping event, whilst competing in his fifth and last Olympics.
Away from the Olympics, Stark was constantly amongst the medals, winning gold as part of the British team that won the World title in Gawler, Australia, in 1986. He again picked up silver medals in the 1990 World Championships in Stockholm, finishing as runner up in both team and individual events whilst partnering “Murphy Himself”. However, he did win the ultimate prize in the European Championships winning two gold medals in Punchestown, Ireland, in 1991. Partnered by “Glenburnie” he achieved success in both the individual and team events. He went on to win two more golds in the team events of 1997 and 1999 In 1997, when the event was staged at Burghley, England, he rode Arakai; two years later, in Luhmuhlen, Germany, he was partnered by “Jaybee”
Ian is also a three times winner of the Badminton Horse Trials.
He was awarded an MBE for his services to equestrianism in 1989 after his Olympic successes in Seoul, but in 2001 he was honoured again, this time with an OBE.
Matthew is currently a columnist and feature writer for The Times. He writes a Wednesday column on sport as well as penning reviews, opinion and interviews. He has won numerous prizes for his writing including Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Sports Feature Writer of the Year three times at the Sports Journalist Association Awards.
His first book Bounce, published in April 2010, has been described as 'one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking books about sport ever written. Before becoming a writer Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade, three-times Commonwealth Champion, and twice competed for Great Britain in the Olympic Games (in Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000). His style was unusually defensive, playing strokes from the back of the court described by his Times colleague Simon Barnes as 'spectacular roof threatening parabolas.' In addition to writing, Matthew also commentates on sport for the BBC and is a regular contributor to radio and television. His film for the BBC, China and Table Tennis, won bronze medal at the Olympic Golden Rings ceremony in Lausanne.
Matthew was one of the co-founders of TTK Greenhouse, a charity which 'empowers youngsters through sport' and which currently supports more than 10,000 young people on 31 full-time school programmes.
During a diving career spanning more than 20 years Leon was regarded as one of the world’s top platform divers and enjoyed sustained success on the world stage, winning medals at all major championships. He participated in three Olympic Games and was a member of the British Team for 16 years.
He invented “the world’s most difficult dive” a backward 2.5 summersaults with 2.5 twists in the piked position. In 2004 Leon along with diving partner Peter Waterfield, won the first British diving Olympic medal in 44 years by securing a Silver medal.
Leon's diving came to an end in 2008 several months before the Olympics, after sustaining injuries. However, he turned to broadcasting and was part of the BBC commentary team and covered the diving events. He also continued his Athlete Mentor role, which had started following Athens, for the upcoming British athletes including Tom Daley.
Daniel Topolski is a writer and broadcaster specialising in sport and travel.
He has written books on the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and on Africa and South America as well as features on destinations from Bhutan, Australia and Madagascar to India, Poland and the Trobriand Islands.
As a broadcaster across television and radio he has covered the Boat Race, South America and presented the BBC Radio 5 series ‘Topolski's Travels’. His book ‘True Blue’ - about the Oxford Boat Race mutiny in 1987- was made into a feature film of the same name.
Daniel rowed for Oxford in the Boat Race in 1967 and 1968 and won a gold medal for Great Britain at the 1977 world championships. He was an Olympic coach in 1980 and 1984 and coached Oxford to 12 victories between 1974 and 1987.
Daniel has been a consultant to the Oxford team since 1995 and now commentates on BBC television's coverage of rowing at the world championships, the Olympics and the Boat Race.
Steve Trew has coached and presented all over the word. He has been involved with World triathlon as a coach, race commentator, journalist and novelist. He has coached medallists at European and World Championships and has attended the last five Olympic and Commonwealth Games as coach, team manager, and/or commentator for triathlon and swimming.
His knowledge and expertise of the triathlon has led to Steve providing over 250 on site or television commentaries about the sport.
Steve also provides live narratives for the London Marathon, the Great Swim series, and the Big City 10k and 5k runs. He was previously Director of Coaching and National Coach for Great Britain. His coaching and presenting work has also taken him all over the world including Mexico, India, Yugoslavia, Israel, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Northern and Southern Ireland, Hong Kong, Malta, Italy and Australia. He has worked with National Federations and the IOC and ITU on Olympic solidarity camps.
Mike Tucker has been a TV commentator at most of the major equestrian events in Britain for nearly forty years and is the main anchor for the BBC in all their Equestrian coverage including Badminton, Burghley and Olympia.
Mike has commentated on the Equestrian events at the last four Olympics. He has also commented on five World Equestrian Games for the BBC in addition to the European Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping Championships including Windsor 2009 and this year the European Championships for both Eventing and Show Jumping.
Before pursuing a career as a commentator Mike competed for twenty years on the international scene including being in the British squad of six for the European Championships of 1975 and 1983 and was the non-travelling reserve for the 1976 Olympic Games. He also completed Badminton on twelve occasions including being second in 1983 and twice sixth amd finished second at Burghley in 1969 and twice sixth on other occasions. He won the Tidworth Three Day event on two occasions.
He also made an appearance in the iconic BBC comedy ‘Only Fools on Horses’.
Michael Vaughan OBE
Michael Vaughan retired from first class cricket in the summer of 2009. During his career Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen in the world following the 2002/3 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs, including three centuries.
Vaughan captained England in 51 Tests between 2003 and 2008, of these tests Vaughan set a national record of winning 26. Under his captaincy England won all seven home Tests of the 2004 summer and the pinnacle of his career came with a 2–1 victory in the 2005 Ashes, England's first Ashes victory since 1986/7. His successful captaincy also earned Vaughan an OBE and secured his place in cricket history.
Since retiring, Michael has taken up a role in the media and commentates on all England’s major matches. He presented the ‘Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show’ for Radio 5 Live as well as a Radio 5 Live Sport special looking at how pressure affects competitors, managers and even broadcasters at the top level in their professions.
Virginia Wade is one of Britain’s greatest ever female tennis players. She was Wimbledon Champion, winning the title in 1977 the tournament’s centenary year and in the year Britain celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Today Virginia is a regular member of the BBC’s Commentary team for tennis and will be a part of the team for the 2012 Olympics.
She began her career in 1967and was continuously ranked among the World’s top ten players for the next 12 years until 1979. She was also ranked as Britain’s No 1 female player for 10 years.
Virginia was named 1977's "Player of the Year" by the Women's Tennis Association. Her achievements on court and her continued involvement in tennis led to her becoming the first woman ever elected to the Wimbledon Committee in 1982. On July 15, 1989, Virginia became the 40th woman to be inducted into the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 1986, Virginia was honored with the distinction of OBE.
Virginia has become one of the most respected tennis broadcasters in the world providing expert analysis of women's competition and is a regular member of the BBC commentary team.
Rob Walker is a freelance network reporter and commentator with 13 years broadcasting experience. He is a regular face and voice on the BBC's output and has featured in major event coverage since 2004.
He has worked on the last two football world cups for BBC Sport, the Manchester, Melbourne and New Delhi Commonwealth Games, as well as the last four editions of the World Athletics Championships.
London will be the fourth Olympiad he has covered for the BBC, having been part of the team in Athens, Beijing and Vancouver.
Weymouth sees a repeat of his role in China as Sailing reporter, when his live on the water gold medal winning interviews with the British sailors produced some of the most memorable moments of the games output.
Lucy has spent most of her senior career with Leeds Carnegie. She joined Leeds United Ladies when it was a community team, staying with the club as they rose to be one of the best teams in England. She moved to Doncaster Rovers Belles in the 2002-03 season, returning to Leeds for the start of the following season. She represented England at Under-21 level and is also head of education and welfare at the boys academy for Leeds United.
Ward worked as a co-commentator for the BBC at the Women's World Cup in China and again during the Euro 2009 qualifiers and finals.
Faye White MBE
Faye is the current Club Captain for Arsenal Ladies and is one of English football's most decorated players, having won 26 honours in 14 seasons with the Gunners. A commanding centre-back, Faye had the honour of receiving an MBE in 2006 and has captained her country in three major tournaments, winning 90 caps and scoring 12 goals.
Having announced her International retirement earlier this year Faye will be working with the BBC for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Steve has been an integral part of the Match of the Day team since joining BBC TV in 2002 and, after John Motson, is the programme's longest-serving commentator. During this time he has also commentated on the World Cups of 2002, 2006 and 2010, the European Championships of 2004 and 2008, the African Cup of Nations of 2002, 2004and 2010 and the World Club Championship in 2005. He will be part of BBC TV's team covering the London Olympics in 2012 and the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Steve started his career when he joined Capital Radio in 1990. Whilst there he covered the 1994 World Cup in the USA and the European Championships and Atlanta Olympics in 1996. He was a major part of the Capital team which won the Sony Radio Gold Award and the New York Radio Awards gold medal for best sports programming. From 1997 to 1998 Steve worked as a freelance for Sky Sports on Goals on Sunday and as the host voice for ESPN’s Sportscentre International. In 1998 he was recruited by BBC Sport to become a regular football commentator on Radio Five Live where he worked on the European Championships of 2000 as well as Champions League and FA Cup Finals.
Steve has also commentated on Cup Winners Cup Finals, League Cup Finals, the Scottish FA Cup Final and dozens of England internationals. He has covered four World Cups, four European Championships and three African Nations Cups. He rates his TV commentaries on the World Cup semi-finals of 2002 and 2006 as career highlights together with the quarter-final between Argentina and Germany during South Africa 2010.
Steve is a regular contributor to the BBC's website, writing a weekly blog during the football season. The 2011/12 season is his 22nd as a commentator on radio and television.
Richie Woodhall won a bronze medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics at light-middleweight and took gold in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland before turning pro.
Born in Polesworth (Warwickshire), Richie won 26 out of 29 professional contests, securing the Commonwealth and European middleweight championships. The highlight of his career came when he was crowned world WBC super-middleweight in 1998.
Since retiring from boxing, Richie regularly commentates on the BBC’s boxing coverage on TV and radio. He has covered the Athens and Beijing Olympics as well as three Commonwealth Games - Manchester in 2002, Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi in 2010. Richie is currently a member of the Radio 5 live boxing commentary team, providing expert analysis on a range of matches.
With a career that started at the tender age of just eight when he appeared in seminal comedy, Desmonds, Reggie’s love of music soon came to the foreground as he took his place as a core part of the BBC’s new Black music station, 1Xtra aged just 18. Alongside Dev, he hosted a show for two years with highlights including broadcasting from the FA Cup Final and interviewing soon to be Hollywood heavyweight, Jamie Foxx.
Reggie burst on to primetime telly hosting the BBC’s longest running music franchise, the internationally recognised Top of the Pops. Even after the shows regular run came to a close, Reggie continues to be the host of the much loved Xmas Day edition of the show. And as if one cornerstone of British pop culture wasn’t enough, Reggie played the part of Leo in the 2007 series of Doctor Who.
It wasn’t long before Reggie was asked to guest on Radio 1 and as if to prove his credentials as a huge music fan his first specialist show saw some of the very first plays on Radio 1 being Adele and Mr. Hudson. Reunited with Fearne Cotton, the duo took to the air on Weekend Breakfast before heading to the afternoon slot with both the Request Show and the all important Chart Show. After two years together Fearne left the show and Reggie now hosts the shows solo announcing the number 1 to the nation every Sunday at 4pm.
Reggie continues to go from strength to strength on Radio 1’s Request and Chart Shows, and he hosted Glastonbury, Reading, T In The Park and the Big Weekend for BBC3 in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 fronted a leading BBC3 show Autistic Superstars where he threw a concert featuring a series of incredible performers all affected by autism, for which he received a prestigious RTS nomination.
2012 has already proven to be an exciting year for Reggie as, alongside Holly Willoughby, he has hosted successful BBC entertainment show The Voice UK.