Hazel Irvine is one Britain’s most experienced, versatile and recognised presenters. The face of BBC Sport’s coverage of golf including The Open and The Masters, snooker and major events coverage, she is a previous recipient of the Royal Television Society’s Sports Presenter of the Year.
Hazel has presented, commentated and reported from 13 Olympic Games, winter and summer since 1988, including Sochi 2014, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Born in St Andrews, Scotland, Hazel attended the Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh before studying for an MA in History of Art at the University of St Andrews. At the age of 27, she was the youngest person to present Grandstand. A talented sportswoman, Irvine gained representative honours in golf, netball and athletics for Scottish Universities.
Hazel Irvine'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 then joined BBC Scotland in 1990 as presenter of its Friday night sports preview programme Sportscene. She went on to work as part of the BBC's award winning team covering the Barcelona Olympics, and in the same year reported in Sweden on the European Football Championships. Later that year she joined BBC Sport in London.