Hazel Irvine was born on May 26, 1965 at St Andrews. She moved to Cardross with her family when she was young and was educated at Hermitage Academy.
Hazel’s broadcasting career began in 1986 as a production assistant with Radio Clyde. She moved into sport a year later when she joined Scottish Television as a reporter
Hazel is now one of BBC Sport’s most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters and the face of its snooker and athletics coverage. In golf, she is the anchor for the Women’s Open and co-presenter on The Open, The Masters, The Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup.
An integral part of the BBC’s coverage of all major events over the last 18 years, Hazel presented from Athens in 2004, marking her fifth consecutive Olympic Games. She has also worked on every Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games since 1994 and reported from football World Cup finals and European Championship finals from 1990 to 2002. Hazel’s many other credits include Grandstand, Sunday Grandstand, Final Score, Football Focus, Wimbledon and presenting sport on BBC News.
In addition to her role at BBC Sport, Hazel hosted the coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004. She has also presented three magazine programmes: BBC2’s The Air Show; Feeling Good, a health and wellbeing series and Outside Now, a leisure and activities series, both for BBC Scotland and has hosted the channel’s Children In Need appeal and anchored its Millennium Night coverage.
Much in demand for corporate work, Hazel has acted as MC at the Royal Television Society’s Sports Awards, the industry’s most prestigious evening. She was the recipient of the RTS Award for Best Regional Presenter/Reporter in 1999 and was named Sports Presenter of the Year at the RTS Sports Awards of 2006.
Hazel is a graduate of the University of St Andrews where she gained an MA Honours degree in Art History. She has representative honours in golf, netball and athletics and gained a full vest for athletics from Scottish Universities. In addition, she is the Chairman of the West of Scotland Institute of Sport and is proud to be the Honorary President of the Dumbarton Football Club Supporters’ Association.
Hazel is based in West London.
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