Hamish McLachlan cut his broadcasting teeth in horse sports and polo – a sport where his role as a player and administrator led to opportunities to call games locally, and then in time, at tournaments such as the Cartier International in England and International Tests throughout Europe and Asia.
Knowing the hard work needed to be done abroad to get an opportunity at home, Hamish spent 3 summers in Europe hosting sporting and charity events and calling matches to hone his skills behind the microphone in the hope he would get an opportunity in Australia.
Once back in Australia in 2008, Hamish got his break with Channel 7. Hamish first appeared on television as the host of Channel Seven’s Sunday morning footy fix “AFL Game Day”. As host, Hamish became the front man responsible for the show’s balance of informed opinion and light-hearted banter between the game’s past and present greats. Following the success of AFL Game Day, Hamish was asked to become involved in the hosting of the Spring Racing broadcast and calling tennis matches for the World Feed Broadcast of the Australian Open with Channel 7.
Following a successful year hosting the football show for Channel 7, radio station Triple M approached Hamish to host their Spring Racing coverage in 2008. Based on the Spring Racing coverage’s success for which it won an award, Hamish was offered a role calling Saturday night and Sunday afternoon AFL matches for the station alongside Coleman and Brownlow medallists.
Since 2008, Hamish has taken on numerous hosting duties for Seven including the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing coverage; The Brownlow Medal Red Carpet Specials; The ANZAC Day Pre Game Special; Rio 2016 Olympic Games; entertainment series Australian Spartan; 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games; 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics; The Season’s Best – a look at the ‘Season That Was’ during Grand Final Week each year; Such is Life – The Troubled Times of Ben Cousins – The Panel Debate; and a three-hour edition of AFL Game Day live from the MCG on Grand Final day each year. In 2019, Hamish had the honour of hosting the 2019 Brownlow Medal Count and Coverage.
Hamish also hosts and calls Saturday Afternoon Football and is in high demand as a clever and amusing master of ceremonies, where he recently had the privilege of interviewing NBA superstar Kobe Byrant in at an exclusive event.
Outside of the world of Broadcast, Hamish is an active supporter of various causes including Captain Courageous, where he is a Board Member, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where he is an Ambassador, and Cool Australia.