My haven: Hazel Irvine

Hazel Irvine (pictured), 54, has shared the items of personal significance inside the office of her home in Scotland

Hazel Irvine (pictured), 54, has shared the items of personal significance inside the office of her home in Scotland

Hazel Irvine (pictured), 54, has shared the items of personal significance inside the office of her home in Scotland

1. TEE LADY 

This room is where I get peace to prepare for events. I’ve played golf since I was nine, and this replica Open Championship Claret Jug was given to me by colleagues on the BBC golf team at the US Masters in 2017, when I stepped down from presenting after 25 years to spend more time with my family. 

I was delighted to be succeeded by Eilidh Barbour, a fellow Scot who wrote to me when she was 14 for advice on how to get into TV – she still has my reply.

2. HEROES

The 1972 Munich Olympics captivated me on TV as a seven-year-old, especially seeing swimmer Mark Spitz and pentathlete Mary Peters. As a child I spent my pocket money on stickers for an Olympics sticker book.

I’ve lost it now, but this one was given to me in 2016 on the television nostalgia show The TV That Made Me. I once interviewed Mark Spitz, and Mary is now a friend.

3. RIGHT ON CUE

I had a very happy childhood doing sport and outdoors stuff. My dad, Bill, made this half-size snooker table for my brother and me as kids, and Mum crocheted the pockets! 

It was a good way to learn the basics and it meant I wasn’t afraid when I first presented snooker with Steve Davis and John Parrott in 2001. I’d love to take Dad to watch the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre.

Hazel treasures a sticker book from the 1972 Munich Olympics. She collected all of the stickers by buying them at the local petrol station

Hazel treasures a sticker book from the 1972 Munich Olympics. She collected all of the stickers by buying them at the local petrol station

Hazel treasures a sticker book from the 1972 Munich Olympics. She collected all of the stickers by buying them at the local petrol station

4. MUSICAL YOUTH

My parents still live in Scotland. My mum Norma was a musician and music teacher. 

I listened to her pupils playing the miniature Hohner piano accordion and began to play it by ear when I was only two, and I can still play some Scottish country dance music on this. I went on to learn piano and violin. 

I listen to a lot of classical music, but I’m a huge fan of The Smiths and Kate Bush.

5. JUST MY TYPE

There was no history of sport or journalism in my family, but I did the match reports for my school sports teams. 

In my teens, my grandmother, who was a secretary, bought me this Silver Reed typewriter and a teach-yourself-typing book. 

I took it to St Andrews University where I studied history of art, typed all my essays on it and went through gallons of Tipp-Ex.

6. HEART AND SEOUL

I graduated in 1986 and started at Scottish Television the next year. Four months later I was part of Channel 4 and ITV’s coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

That team included Dickie Davies, Alison Holloway and Nick Owen (pictured l-r, with Hazel). Female sports presenters were in short supply when I was growing up, but I’ve worked on more than 50 sports, the latest being netball.

As told to Peter Robertson. Hazel presents the coverage of the Netball World Cup on BBC2 this weekend 

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