TV Preview: Swimming World Championships

Gabby Logan. Picture: BBC

Gabby Logan. Picture: BBC

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Gabby Logan is best known for being the glamorous face of sport.

BBC2, 7pm

She was born Gabrielle Nicole Yorath on April 24, 1973, to former Leeds United, Spurs and Welsh international footballer Terry. The family moved around a lot when she was younger due to her father’s job.

Although Gabby initially dreamed of being a tennis player, she decided to concentrate on gymnastics from the age of ten, and took part in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990.

However, she was eventually forced to quit the sport due to back problems and studied law at Durham University, but at the same time worked in radio and wrote for magazines.

After graduating, Gabby worked for a series of local radio stations before landing a job at Sky Sports in 1996. She covered a variety of events before she was head-hunted by ITV two years later to front the programme On the Ball.

She became a regular fixture on the ITV sporting schedule, and was part of the team responsible for covering the 2002 World Cup. While at ITV she also hosted game show The Vault, but she felt increasingly sidelined by the channel, especially after Steve Ryder joined.

She moved to the BBC in 2007, where she is one of the channel’s senior sports presenters. She also co-hosts Splash!

Gabby married Scottish rugby union star Kenny Logan in 2001 and in 2005 gave birth to twins.

The Logans took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2007.

Her on screen motto is.“If you come across as someone who is knowledgeable and passionate then the fans will respect you.”

Tonight she presents the World Championships on BBC Two, 7pm.