Leigh Diffey is an international TV sports broadcaster. He has one of the most recognizable voices in the industry. In January 2013, Leigh joined NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network. In this role covers Formula 1, the Verizon Indycar Series, Dakar Rally, Track & Field and both Summer and Winter Olympics.
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.
A move from Brisbane to Sydney was necessary to make things happen, and after just six months they did. In mid 1996 Leigh landed his first TV commentary job with Network Ten on the Australian 2.0 Litre SuperTouring Championship.
A reporting position on the network's marquee nightly sports programme, Sports Tonight, soon followed. The next year Leigh landed the role of host and play by play commentator for Australia's largest and most popular form of motorsport - V8 Supercars.
After three and a half amazing years with Network Ten in Australia, Leigh relocated to Europe in search of broadcasting success in a larger market. Without Leigh's knowledge, two-time 500cc World Champion Barry Sheene was working behind the scenes to join his old Suzuki teammate Steve Parrish and Leigh together as the BBC's new World Superbike commentary team. Like most things Barry wanted, he got. Leigh and Steve started in their new roles in early 2000.
Two years with the BBC afforded Leigh some amazing experiences. Travelling the globe covering the World Superbike Championship and commentating the first-ever live stages of the WRC Rally of Great Britain in 2000 and 2001 helped elevate him from a domestic to an international broadcaster.
While in the UK, Leigh continued his relationship with Australia's Network Ten, fulfilling duties as a European correspondent, and forged partnerships with renowned sports broadcasters SkySports and America's ESPN International.
In 2002 Leigh jumped the Atlantic to the US and was the voice of the CART World Series (International Feed) alongside renowned motor racing journalist Jeremy Shaw. It was a wonderful transition as the season sprung a pleasant surprise of a SPEED Channel contract waiting for him for 2003 and beyond. Leigh's future in the United States was set.
2013 brought a major change for Leigh's broadcasting career when he signed with NBC Sports. His brief for the following four years is to be the Host and Play by Play Commentator for the Formula One World Championship and the IZOD Indycar Series. In addition to those duties Leigh will also cover the Summer and Winter Olympics and the PENN Relays Track & Field event.
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1971
Raised: Carole Park, a south-western suburb of Brisbane
Status: Married with two sons
Education: Graduated Griffith University 1991 (Bachelor of Teaching majoring in Physical Ed)
Resides: Charlotte, NC
First car: 1972 Toyota Corolla
First motorcycle: Honda MR50
First race: 1977 - Trailblazers Jr Motorcycle Club
Hosting, The Masters at Augusta National
Calling Tom Kristensen crossing the line to win his 7th Le Mans 24 (a record)
Commentating the Australian Open with Greg Norman
3 x Logie award-winning team member (Most Outstanding Sports Broadcast)