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Hazel Irvine
Hazel Irvine joined BBC Sport as a network programme presenter and sports news broadcaster in January 2000.

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 August 1990 as presenter of its Friday night sports preview programme Sportscene.

Hazel Irvine
Hazel is a keen golfer herself

In 1992, she was part of the award-winning BBC team covering the Barcelona Olympics and, in the same year, was in Sweden for the European Football Championship as BBC Scotland's main reporter.

1994 was an action-packed year for Hazel as she presented and reported on four major international events for BBC network TV. In March, she was in Lillehammer for the Winter Olympics.

In July, she travelled the East Coast of America, reporting on the World Cup Finals, and in August she was in Canada for the Commonwealth Games.

Hazel returned to the USA in October to present coverage of golf's Solheim Cup between America and Europe. She has also worked on the BBC's coverage of other women's golf events including the British and Scottish Opens.

Hazel's credits for 1995 included reporting on the London Marathon, Women's Football World Cup Finals, the European Youth Olympics, golf, netball and water-skiing events, and the VE Day commemorations.

In 1996, she was the BBC's Scottish camp reporter for Euro 2000 and co-presented the BBC's Olympic Breakfast programme from Atlanta.

Hazel reported on the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan, and returned to her role as Scotland camp reporter for the France 98 World Cup Finals.

In 1997, Hazel took over from David Vine as the regular presenter of BBC TWO's Ski Sunday. She has also presented Sunday Grandstand and regularly reports for Football Focus.

At the 1999 RTS Awards, she was named Best Regional TV Presenter/Reporter. 1999 marked her tenth year of hosting BBC Scotland's annual Children In Need broadcast, and she also presented the millennium edition of Hogmanay Live.

Hazel has also presented two health and leisure series for BBC Scotland, Feeling Good and Outside Now.

Born in St. Andrews, she attended the Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh before studying for an MA in History of Art at the University of St. Andrews, where she also gained representative honours in golf, netball and athletics for Scottish Universities.

A keen golfer, Hazel describes herself as an enthusiastic, "but pretty average" skier. She is also honorary president of Dumbarton FC's Supporters Association.

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