Clare Balding is seen as, the first lady of TV sport. The former champion jockey, hosts her own show on BT Sport and presents at Crufts, Royal Ascot and Cheltenham. With deliciously dry wit, Clare goes behind the back page headlines and shares her own highs and lows.
Riding To Hosting
Clare Balding began her career as an amateur flat jockey, becoming Champion Lady Rider. The transition from competing to presenting began with her TV debut at Royal Ascot.
Clare Balding & BBC Sport
Clare is now an established name in BBC sport, winning several awards for her broadcasting work; covering everything from Wimbledon to rugby league. Whilst racing remains her first love, it was arguably her role presenting coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, that propelled her to national treasure status.
Continuing to cover as wide a range of sports as possible, Clare is now a regular on the new BT Sports channel; as well as anchoring Channel 4 Racing.
Not Just Sport
Away from sport, Clare Balding fronts everything from Countryfile and Crufts, to Radio 4’s Rambling. Other credits include appearances on: Have I Got News For You, A Question of Sport and Countdown. She has also written regular columns for the Observer and Sunday Telegraph, as well as the Racing Post.
After dinner, Clare speaks with a wonderfully dry wit; about life in the saddle, run ins with royalty, the dog eat dog world of Crufts and the perils of live TV.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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