Gabby Logan:

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Born On The: 24th April 1973.
Died On The: N/A.
Birthplace: Leeds, West Yorkshire..
Occupation(s): Television and radio presenter.

Zodiac: Born under the Star Sign TaurusTaurusWhat Star Sign are You?

Achievement(s): Patron of St John's Catholic School for the Deaf.

Biography:

Gabby Logan is a television and radio presenter, as well as a former Wales international gymnast; she hosts programmes for BBC Sport, mainly focusing on football; born Gabrielle Nicole Yorath in Leeds, she is the daughter of former Welsh international footballer and manager Terry Yorath; due to her father's career, she had to move around much in her youth.

She became interested in football due to regularly attending her father's matches; as an aside, she was in the crowd, with her brother and sister, during the Bradford City stadium fire disaster on the 11th May 1985; luckily she and her siblings, had left the stand only moments before the fire took hold and watched the disaster taking place.

She went to Bishop Ullathorne RC School in Coventry, Cardinal Heenan High School, Notre Dame Sixth Form College in Leeds and then to Durham University, at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede, to study Law; she played netball at school and competed at high jump at university, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland; but she had to retire from gymnastics at 17 due to sciatica.

After university she presented on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV; her career came to notice when she fronted On the Ball for ITV; she was one of a small number of female sports presenters to have made the transition to terrestrial television; after ITV lost the terrestrial rights to the FA Premier League, she presented ITV's UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, between Milan and Liverpool, and Arsenal and Barcelona, respectively.

She has also presented other programmes including ITV's 2005 Super Bowl coverage; in one episode as a guest on BBC1's They Think It's All Over she asked if she could take part in the Feel The Sportsman round as an all girls team, donning the blindfold along with Jo Brand instead of regular captain David Gower; Pauline McLynn guesting on Gary Lineker's team also got offered and accepted a rare chance for the guests to take up the blindfold challenge.

She took part in the celebrity version of Stars in Their Eyes as Sharleen Spiteri of Texas and although she lost to Debra Stephenson, Spiteri sent flowers to congratulate her on her performance.

She writes regularly for The Times newspaper and has also done a photo shoot for men's magazine GQ.

After the birth of her twins and the return of Steve Rider to ITV, she was given a co-host role; this included ITV's coverage of the 2006 World Cup, on which she later commented: "I interviewed David Beckham but I didn't see a single game; it dented my confidence and made me question my abilities. If you've got ambition and you want to do well, it's obviously disappointing."; she went on to front ITV's UEFA Cup coverage.

In October 2006, the Daily Mirror reported that the BBC was interested in signing her up for their sports coverage, following her fall from favour at ITV and on 19 December 2006 it was announced that Logan had quit ITV, in favour of a move to the BBC in a three year deal; she now fronts Inside Sport a sports news show and covers live sport events; she has also worked on BBC Radio 5 Live, where she presented a lunchtime show from January 2010; she started presenting on BBC Sport on 27 January 2007, presenting the FA Cup fourth round tie between Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers; she has also made a few appearances on Match of the Day, covering for Gary Lineker.

Following her switch to the BBC in 2007, she agreed to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in the same year; one of her opponents for the competition was her husband, Kenny Logan, who was paired with professional dancer Ola Jordan; Gabby was partnered with Ola's husband James Jordan; unfortunately, Gabby was voted out of the series in week 4.

In Summer 2008 she was one of the anchor presenters for the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing; she was the main presenter for the evening primetime coverage and in 2009 she took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history.

Gabby and her husband Kenny Logan are currently co-presidents of the children's charity Sparks; on 12 April 2009 she presented the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of St John's Catholic School for the Deaf of which she is a patron and in July 2009, it was announced that she would be the new host of Score results service, including Final Score, from the beginning of the 2009/10 football season.

On October 20, 2009, it was announced that she would be leaving her Sunday morning slot on Radio Five Live and would be starting a new weekday show on the station from 12.00 to 2.00 pm (Mon - Fri) which began on January 11, 2010; while still presenting the sports results show for BBC1 on Saturday, in June 2011 Logan joined Channel 5 to present a new discussion and magazine show following on from The Wright Stuff at 11:10am each weekday; the programme runs in a commercial hour and consists of 4 parts; Gabby is joined by a mixture of celebrity and real-life guests discussing a wide variety of subjects; in December 2011, she was announced as part of the BBC television presenter line-up for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; she is currently scheduled to present the post-BBC News at Ten to midnight daily round-up and review show from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.



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