It seems Leigh was destined for a career in public speaking from an early age. In first grade at school Leigh was on the microphone hosting the class pet show and tell. A decade later he was nominated the school Public Relations Officer on his high school's student council.
At 19, Leigh began commentating on dirt/flat track motorcycles at the Tivoli Raceway for the Ipswich Motorcycle Club. From this moment in 1990, Leigh was hooked on commentating live sport.
Several years of juggling Physical Education teaching at Ipswich Grammar School and commentating live events around Australia followed. At the end of 1995, Leigh made the decision to chase his dream of being a television sports broadcaster - this was a pivotal point in his career.