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Rhona McLeod

Rhona was brought up in a super-sporty house, by her PE teacher mother and footballer / racing cyclist father. Early holidays involved being thrown on the back of a tandem and cycling through the Scottish highlands and islands, usually in the rain!

 

There was always badminton, tennis or a football kick-about on the go, but after numerous sessions of 'time me around the garden', Rhona began training as a hurdler and long-jumper. She represented Scotland for ten years as a junior and then senior athlete.

 

Rhona enjoyed a wealth of travel experiences around the world competing for her country. It was always her aim to combine her interest in sport with a future career in journalism.

After a freshman year on a sports scholarship studying Broadcasting at the University of Wyoming, she completed a BA degree in Media Studies at the University of Stirling.

 

 

 

As a sports journalist, Rhona has contributed to the specialist sports magazines Scotland's Runner, Scottish, The Punter football magazine and Today's Runner. She has also freelanced in sport and general features for the Daily Record, Sunday Mail and Scotland on Sunday.

 

In 1995, she joined BBC Scotland. Since then she has worked on a variety of programmes, mostly in sport. She is best known as a regular presenter of sport on Reporting Scotland, but has also presented on Sport Nation, BBC Sport Great Scottish Run and The Adventure Show. Away from sport Rhona has made reporting, singing and dancing appearances on Children In Need!

 

In her time with BBC Scotland Rhona has enjoyed working at the France '98 World Cup; Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Glasgow. She has also worked at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Wimbledon, several Open Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

In 2005 she presented, wrote and produced the documentary Gambian Goals - A Donkeymentary.

Rhona has also won a Royal Television Society Award for Sports News journalism.

 

Away from work, sport continues to flourish! Rhona is married to Bruce, an American, who was working for the US Olympic Committee. They met during the Ryder Cup weekend in 1999. Their first child Briagha was born in October 2002, nine months after the Winter Olympic Games where both were working! Their second daughter Coirilidh came along 12 months later.

 

Now Rhona combines work at the BBC with being a sports Mum to Briagha (12), who is  loving her time in athletics, and Coirilidh (11), a sparkly, little, gymnast!

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