Suzanne was born in London and grew up in Surrey and Sussex.
Her gymnastics talent was first recognised at age eleven by her school Physical Education teacher Anne Billingham. She quickly passed all the BAGA awards and climbed onto the uneven bars for the first time when she was 12. In 1975 she had to leave her family home in Sussex and move to London to further her gymnastics career. She first represented her country at international level in 1976 aged just 15 where she competed for Britain against West Germany. After winning many National titles, in 1977 she was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Scholarship allowing her to spend time training in America in 1978. She returned to America in early 1979, returning home in time to compete in the British Championships, unfortunately she sustained an injury and could not compete, which then ruled her out of the squad for the 1979 European Championships. On recovery, she went on to represent her country in the more competitive arena of the 1979 World Championships, Fort Worth, Dallas USA, gaining her F.I.G. Gold Pin.
In 1980, Dando won the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at the Royal Albert Hall. In May she became the Overall British National Champion. She led her teammates, Susan Cheeseborough and Denise Jones, to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Suzanne improved dramatically on her standing (48th) following prelims, finishing 27th in the AA competition.
Suzanne retired after the 1980 Olympics.
Following her retirement, Suzanne coached the under fives in gymnastics at the Lewisham Leisure Centre in South London. She wrote a book, "Fun Ways to Looking Good", and produced and presented her own fitness video, "Flexercise".
In 1982 she competed in and became the BBC Superstars Champion.
In 1983, Suzanne starred in and was also the gymnastics supervisor for the Bond Movie ‘Octopussy’ The following year her fitness album, Shape Up and Dance with Suzanne Dando, peaked at #87 in the UK Album Charts.
She has had a long standing career in show business, serving as a TV presenter on a variety of shows for BBC1,BBC2, ITV and Channel 4. She regularly presents on Sky Sports.
Her TV career started with the BBC presenting the children’s programme ‘Stopwatch’ with Daley Thompson and Janice Long. She first joined Sky Sports at the end of 1993, presenting mainly live programmes on Basketball and Show Jumping, with the odd stint on the BBC for National and International Gymnastics events. She presented the BBC2 Art programme, ‘ Awash with Colour,’ and BBC’s ‘The Pet Set'.
As a Presenter/Reporter for Sky Sports, she regularly covers Live International Show Jumping from the Hickstead Derby, The Royal International and Horse of the Year Show.
Suzanne is an active supporter of many charities.
She ran the 2008 London marathon in aid of the Children’s Trust. In 2010 she led a team of Military women over the Pyrenees, following an old wartime escape route, raising money for the Royal British Legion to help our injured service personnel. The following year she successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of The Children’s Trust. As a Patron for ABC, Against Breast Cancer, she regularly takes part in fundraising events, including the annual Marathon Walk ‘The Breast Walk Ever’ and starts the Annual Oxford Bike Ride for the charity. She is also a long standing Ambassador to The Prince’s Trust.
Suzanne is married to Entrepreneur Businessman Adam Reynolds.