Clare Balding Quotes

Clare Victoria Balding OBE (born 29 January 1971) is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the religious/spiritual programme Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.

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Swimming and athletics are the big gigs at the Olympic games. Cycling and rowing are pretty big for Britain, but globally, the two big things are athletics and swimming.

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People like to think of you as a certain person, or a certain type of person, and they do love to give you a label. We like luggage labels, and we like people labels.

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Sport develops your brain. It helps your learning. It's not an add-on at the end of the day.

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You hear the word 'cancer,' and you think it is a death sentence. In fact, the shock is the biggest thing about a diagnosis of cancer.

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Having thyroid cancer in 2009 really didn't change my life at all. I wish I could say that I had this epiphany. But I knew I was lucky before that, so it's not like I suddenly realised how lucky I am.

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A lot of interviewers are looking for the dark side. They want to know about the depths of your despair and fear.

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Fitting in is boring. But it takes you nearly your whole life to work that out.

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I find people interesting. People trying hard are interesting. People with a passion are interesting - whether its old cars or taxidermy or knitting.

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I hate the fact that public schools like the one I went to have fantastic sports facilities, and state schools don't. That's not fair. That's outrageous.

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If you are fearful, a horse will back off. If you are calm and confident, it will come forward. For those who are often flattered or feared, the horse can be a welcome mirror of the best in human nature.

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Dad is a really surprising guy. Every time I think he's going to be useless, he ends up doing something amazing and saying exactly the right thing.

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Swimmers provide much healthier role models for teenagers than the catwalk.

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I get a lot of abuse on Twitter. It's mostly homophobic, but what can you do? I just either ignore it or laugh.

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I think 'ambitious' is one of those adjectives used for women in a derogatory way.

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I hate being alone, even for 10 minutes.

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