Hazel Irvine is an award-winning sports presenter and has been an integral part of the BBC’s coverage of all major events over the last 25 years.
Hazel is the face of the BBC’s golf coverage which includes The Open and The US Masters.
She has also presented other sports and at major events such:
- Olympic Games
- Commonwealth Games
- The London Marathon
- The Boat Race
- Final Score
- FIFA World Cups
Hazel Irvine was born in St Andrew’s and attended the Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh before studying for an MA in History of Art at Scotland’s University of St Andrew’s.
A talented sportswoman, Hazel gained representative honours in golf, netball and athletics for Scottish Universities.
Hazel’s broadcasting career began in 1986 as a production assistant with Radio Clyde in Glasgow. Her move into sport came a year later when she joined Scottish Television as a reporter.
She worked as a presenter on ITV’s coverage of the 1988 Olympics and reported for the ITV Network on the 1990 World Cup Finals.
Hazel joined BBC Scotland in 1990 as presenter of its Friday night sports preview programme Sportscene.
In 1997, she took over from David Vine as the regular presenter of BBC Two’s Ski Sunday, a position she held for 10 years.
She has presented also Sunday Grandstand and regularly reports for Football Focus.
Also a highly-regarded commentator, she has been entrusted with guiding viewers through Opening and Closing ceremonies at the last 4 Olympic Games.
The winner of the prestigious Royal Television Society’s Sports Presenter of the Year award, Hazel also fronted the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning coverage of the World Athletics Championships in 2009.
Outside of sport, Hazel has presented the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 2004, VE Day celebrations, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo for BBC Events, BBC Scotland’s Children in Need its Millennium Night coverage.
An excellent and sought-after conference and awards host, Hazel Irvine is equally at home as an entertaining after-dinner speaker.