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Hamish 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, he spent three 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.
Returning to Australia in 2008, McLachlan got his break with Channel 7, first appearing as the host of Sunday morning footy fix AFL Game Day, balancing informed opinion and light-hearted banter with some of 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 for the World Feed broadcast of the Australian Open with Channel 7.
In 2008, Hamish hosted Triple M’s award-winning Spring Racing coverage, which subsequently led to the opportunity to call AFL matches.
He has also hosted breakfast radio on SEN.
McLachlan is one of Australia’s premier big-event hosts, having fronted events including the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing coverage, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and entertainment action series Australian Spartan.
In 2019, Hamish first had the honour of hosting the 2019 Brownlow Medal Count and Coverage.
In 2020, Hamish hosted the popular AFL digital series ‘The Last Time I Cried.’
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