BBC Media Team Announced for Rio 2016
The main BBC media team for Rio 2016 has been announced and although sadly I am not mentioned, some amazing sportsmen and women make up the team to take us through the realms of each sport in just under 3 months’ time.
Firstly there is Clare Balding, journalist and presenter extraordinaire, having presented 5 Olympic Games and written articles and columns for The Sporting Life and The Evening Standard. Balding has also won an array of awards including the Royal Television Society’s “Sports Presenter of the Year” in 2003 and “Presenter” in 2012. Balding has also written her own book- ‘My animals and other family’, all about growing up surrounded by animals and her eccentric family.
A newcomer to the team is Sir Steve Redgrave, who won gold medals in 5 consecutive Olympic Games from 1984-2000 and is now regarded as one of Team GB’s most successful Olympian’s. Redgrave is also one of a select few who have won the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Award for his achievements in Rowing.
Hazel Irvine continues to present sporting events with the BBC, after joining in 1990, working as presenter on BBC Scotland’s Sport scene programme, and later becoming the youngest-ever presenter of the BBC’s sports programme Grandstand in June 1993. Over the years, Irvine has presented, numerous football World Cups, snooker championships and regularly reporting on events such as Wimbledon and the London Marathon.
Michael Johnson was an American sprinter and will once again be joining the BBC team for Rio. Johnson currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400m and is the only male athlete in history to win both the 200m and 400m events at the same Olympics, a feat he accomplished at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Last but not least is Gabby Logan, a former gymnast who placed eighth in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland before retiring at the tender age of 17 due to sciatica- pain in the back and legs. Since then Logan has appeared on 20 different programmes presenting sport from The Invictus Games to BBC Sports Personality of the year.
Additionally, there will be guests such as Chris Hoy, Tanni Grey –Thompson, Rebecca Adlington plus a host of other famous athletes and sports people to follow and bring the action to our screens. The countdown has begun, and Team GB is raring to go and compete in just 10 weeks time! Are you going to be tuning in?
Senior Sports Reporter
YJA Boston High Newsroom