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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK

Hazel Irvine

Born in St Andrew's, Hazel attended the Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh before studying for an MA in History of Art at Scotland's University of St Andrew's.

She was a talented sportswoman and 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.

She has gone on to report on major events such as the Winter and Summer Olympics and has just covered her fourth World Cup.

Her first experience of the Commonwealth Games came in Victoria in 1994.

Hazel is currently the youngest person to have presented Grandstand.

She has also presented Sunday Grandstand, Ski Sunday and regularly reports for Football Focus.


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