Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Clare Balding is a freelance presenter, writer and broadcaster.  She has worked in radio for 15 years and been a leading sports presenter on television since becoming the face of the BBC's racing output in 1998.  Since then, she has worked on four Olympic Games, three Paralympics and three Winter Olympics. 

Clare can turn her hand to any sport from Horse Racing to Rugby League, Swimming to Golf or Tennis.  She is equally at home on radio or TV and is renowned for her versatility and reliability.

Clare has been part of BAFTA Award winning programmes, has been voted RTS Sports Presenter of the Year, Racing Journalist of the Year, has presented Sony Award winning programmes and been praised for 'perfect presentation' by the judges of the Broadcast Awards.  She has a proven track record of creative input and practical effort in every programme on which she works.

She has presented Ramblings on Radio 4 since 1999 (a thrice yearly walking series) and in 2010 presented Britain By Bike on BBC4.  She presented Crufts for the BBC and, from 2010, for More4.  

Clare is an expert at live major event presentation, such as the Lord Mayor's Show or Trooping the Colour, but she also has an uncanny knack of getting the most out of interview subjects as illustrated on Radio 4's Saturday Live.

She has made guest appearances on numerous TV shows including Have I Got News For You, A Question Of Sport, They Think It’s All Over, Countdown, Call My Bluff, Test The Nation, University Challenge, Weakest Link and Mastermind.

A Cambridge graduate, Clare was elected President of the Union in 1992. She was a good all-rounder in sport, and was champion lady rider in 1990 and leading amateur flat jockey in 1989 and 1990. Clare was honoured with the Horse Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) Racing Journalist of the Year Award in 2003 and in 2004 she won both the HWPA Sir Peter O’Sullevan Broadcaster of the Year award and the prestigious Royal Television Society Sports Presenter of the Year award.  In 2009, she was praised for "perfect presentation" by the judges of the Broadcast Awards who named the Grand National 2008 as their sports programme of the year.

Clare Balding is an experienced awards ceremonies host, a lively and amusing after dinner speaker and an authoritative voiceover artist.

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"Clare is a real pro and did a great job." Clare hosted the Flexotech Awards