Channel 7 confirms full commentary team for TOKYO PARALYMPIC GAMES
The 16e The Paralympic Games will be broadcast live on Seven Network, with viewers ready to enjoy unprecedented coverage of one of the biggest events in elite sport.
Starting with the Opening Ceremony on August 24, Seven’s coverage will take fans inside the Paralympic Games like never before for 13 action-packed days.
Coverage of Seven at Tokyo 2020 will be led by a team of world-class commentators led by the biggest and best group of Paralympians ever assembled for an Australian broadcast.
Australian Paralympic Legends Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle williams will anchor Seven’s blanket, alongside Johanna Griggs, Matt white and Emma Vosti.
Commentary programming is led by the Australian Paralympic icon Priya Cooper, nine-time gold medalist in swimming and three-time gold medalist in athletics Tim matthews, which will bring a rare glimpse into swimming pool and track competition respectively in Tokyo.
Join them are Jessica gallagher, first Australian to win Paralympic and Paralympic Winter Games medals, wheelchair basketball gold medalist Nick morris and silver medalist in double wheelchair rugby Bryce alman.
Fans will also enjoy unprecedented access to the inner sanctum of Australian competitors in Tokyo, with the Australian team co-captain and the reigning gold medalist. Ryley bat (wheelchair rugby) and Rio 2016 gold medalist Curtis McGrath (para-canoeing) the two of them moved on to join Seven’s commentary team after they finished competing.
Seven’s team of journalists on the ground in Tokyo will include another Australian Paralympic, Katrina Webb, who has won three gold medals in athletics at three Paralympic Games. Webb will be joined by 7NEWS journalists Matthew Carmichael, Chris Stubbs, Blake Johnson and Joel sec, which will ensure that the public is kept up to date with all the latest news, color and atmosphere of the Games.
Some of Australia’s top callers will also be part of the live, free coverage, with Matt Hill, David Culbert, Jason Bennett and Darren boyd all ready to bring the Tokyo 2020 competition to life as only they can.
Johanna represented Australia in swimming at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990, winning bronze in the 100m backstroke, before becoming one of the most popular television personalities on Australian screens. Johanna has been on Seven’s coverage of most major sporting events, including the Olympics and Paralympics, tennis and horse racing, and has hosted top-notch Better Homes and Gardens and House Rules programs. During the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Johanna will team up with Paralympic legend Kurt Fearnley to host the prime-time coverage of Seven, which will include the athletics, swimming and track cycling finals, while also anchoring the coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Social networks – Twitter: @ JohGriggs7; Instagram: johgriggs7
During her competitive career, Annie captained the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team, broke five world records and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. in the pool were awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2014, while his post-swim achievements are equally impressive. An accomplished sports host, international speaker and former corporate lawyer, Annie will bring a strong voice to Seven’s Paralympic Games coverage. After co-hosting the cover of Seven’s Rio 2016, Annie will host the afternoon time slot alongside Matt White during Tokyo 2020.
Social networks – Twitter: @anniejowilliams; Instagram: anniejwilliams
One of the biggest stars in Australian sport of all time, Kurt has enjoyed a distinguished career in wheelchair racing, winning 13 medals, including three gold, at five Paralympic Games in events ranging from the 100m relay at the marathon. The rare talent, courage and sportsmanship he displayed over two decades made him an icon of Australian sport. At the first Paralympic Games since his retirement in 2018, Kurt is an exceptional addition to Seven’s commentary team for Tokyo 2020. As prime time coverage co-host alongside Johanna Griggs, Kurt will bring a wealth of knowledge to an action-packed competition program that includes all track and field finals.
Social networks – Twitter: @kurtfearnley; Instagram: kurtfearnleyinsta
One of Australia’s most respected and versatile sports broadcasters, Matt has over 30 years of experience as a host, commentator and reporter at major events including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, the ‘AFL, Supercars, Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Open tennis and the Grand Prix. Matt to co-host Seven’s Afternoon Cover on Tokyo 2020 alongside Paralympic icon Annabelle Williams
Social networks – Twitter: @MattWhite_TV; Instagram: mattwhite_tv
An accomplished presenter, journalist and producer, Emma’s versatility has placed her in front of the camera and behind the scenes at some of the world’s major sporting events, including the Paralympics, the Olympic Winter Games, the Australian Open of tennis, the Spring Racing Carnival and the Cricket Test. . As the host of Seven’s morning coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Emma’s warmth as a storyteller will help amplify the incredible stories that unfold over the 12 days of competition.
Social networks – Twitter: @emmavosti; Instagram: emmavosti
One of our most successful Paralympians of all time, Priya won nine gold medals in swimming at the Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games. Her expertise will be invaluable as she calls the whole world out. action in the pool in Tokyo, with the Australian team set to cause a stir again.
A three-time Paralympic gold medalist in athletics, Tim represented Australia with distinction in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Tim’s exceptional career has been recognized with the Medal of the Order of Australia and the Medal Australian sports. Tim joins the coverage of Seven’s Tokyo 2020 to provide expert commentary on athletics.
Social networks – Twitter: @ Lefty1086
The first Australian to win medals at the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games, Jessica has represented Australia in skiing, athletics and cycling. Jessica won bronze medals in the slalom (Vancouver 2010) and giant slalom (Sochi 2014) at the Paralympic Winter Games, and a bronze medal in the 1000m track time trial at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. of Tokyo 2020, Jessica will be commenting on cycling for Seven.
Social networks – Twitter: @ JessGallagher86; Instagram: jessgallagher86
Nick was a member of the Australian wheelchair basketball team that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, before placing fifth at Sydney 2000. Nick received an Order of Australia medal in 1997 and an Australian sports medal in 2000 for his service to the Paralympic movement. Nick will provide commentary on wheelchair basketball during Tokyo 2020 as the Australian team look to win their third Paralympic gold.
Bryce represented Australia at three Paralympic Games in wheelchair rugby from 2000-2008, winning silver medals in Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008. Bryce joins the Seven team as an expert commentator on wheelchair rugby rolling, the Australian Steelers striving for a third straight Paralympic gold medal. medal in Tokyo 2020.
Social networks – Instagram: brycealman
A leading Australian animator and sports broadcaster, Matt is recognized in the sports industry for his flair, dedication and precision, while his vast experience spans sports such as horse racing, tennis, l ‘AFL, the Olympics and more. During Tokyo 2020, Matt will be an integral member of Seven’s Paralympic Commentary Team, bringing viewers all the excitement, drama and color as he calls our Australian team members into action.
A long jump finalist at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and two-time Commonwealth Games silver medalist, David has since established himself as a renowned broadcaster of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. During Tokyo 2020, he will provide expert commentary on athletics.
Social networks – Twitter: @Culbert_Report; Instagram: culbert_report
Jason is an award-winning sports broadcaster, who was an AFL commentator from 2002 to 2006 before embarking on an international publication with ESPN and its popular program Aussies Abroad. A highly respected member of Seven’s football commentary team since 2015, Jason joins our Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Commentary team to call up sports such as wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.
Social media – Twitter: @JasonBennettTV Instagram: jasonbennetttv
Darren has nearly 20 years of sports broadcasting experience and returns to Seven’s Paralympic commentary team for Tokyo 2020, having been a key part of the network’s Rio 2016 coverage.
Social media – Twitter: @ darrenboyd01