Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I am many things, but one of the things I am is a lesbian.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I cannot be a placard waver for every campaign; that's why I have mostly kept quiet about gay marriage.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I play golf - even though I'm awful at it.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

The most important quality in a partner is a sense of humour.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I think I can be spiritual, and I can feel that I want to live well, I want to do things that I'm proud of, and I think that's important. Now, do I need a church to tell me that? Actually, no, I don't.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I want to make the world a better place, for women, mainly.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

Women's sport helps break down a lot of barriers for women in other areas, whether in religion or politics.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

If you look back at British history, women being allowed to play sport in schools meant they had to change their clothing. They couldn't be running around in their long skirts and corsets, because you can't.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

Very rarely will you listen to the radio in a judgmental way, the way you'll watch telly.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

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.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

Particularly when you're young, you're terribly flattered by people who like you, so you think you love them.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I know sport can change the world, and that matters to me.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

I don't make decisions for money or popularity. I do things because they're right for me, and they're interesting and challenging.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

When you're little, your father is your hero. Mine was. Then it all becomes more complicated.

Clare Balding
Clare Balding

Like so many kids, I just wanted to fit in, and I see now that I spent most of my life trying to be what I wasn't, trying to get people to like me.