Clare Balding embarrassed by treasure title

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 October 2012
Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Clare Balding claims she is "embarrassed" people refer to her as a national treasure because it deflects attention away from the sports stars she is commentating on

Clare Balding is "embarrassed" to be called a national treasure.

The presenter gained a huge new following after hosting coverage of the London Olympic and Paralympic games earlier this year, and she admits she is not sure how she is supposed to react when people give her the moniker.

She said: "I'm not sure about national treasure. It's slightly odd. I don't know how I'm meant to react. It's alright when you're a sportsman or sportswoman and you've won a medal. You've achieve something that nobody can dispute.

"But I think if you were just a conduit to that I's just an objective thing as to whether people enjoyed your input or not. I'm thrilled that quite a lot of people enjoyed it but I believe a lot of this is reflected glory. I'm slightly embarrassed that I'm deflecting attention away from the athletes."

The gay star - who has been with partner Alice Arnold since 2006 - is also extremely proud she has managed to get people who don't traditionally watch sport to become more involved.

She added to Attitude magazine: "I like to involve people who wouldn't traditionally be involved in sports generally. I've had people say to me they never thought they'd be interested in swimming and they were totally gripped.

"I think that probably comes from years of covering horse racing, which obviously has a very committed following, but also trying to attract people who really don't care."

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