2012 Paralympics: Guide

The 2012 London Paralympics begins on ABC TV this week with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, hosted on ABC1 by Adam Hills and sports presenter, Stephanie Brantz and featuring Coldplay.

Coverage will air on both ABC1 and ABC2 as follows:

ABC1 will then kick off the broadcast with live Games coverage every morning – hosted by Karen Tighe, and then return each night to Stephanie Brantz for her Nightly Highlights show.

Joining Tighe and Brantz throughout the coverage will be an array of ABC sports reporters including Amanda Shalala, Clint Wheeldon, Gerry Collins (swimming), Peter Wilkins (cycling and wheelchair rugby), Quentin Hull (athletics), Peter Walsh (wheelchair basketball) and Darren Boyd.

Also providing special expert commentary will be former Australian Paralympians – Troy Sachs (wheelchair basketball), Heath Francis (athletics), Amy Winters (athletics) and Katrina Webb (athletics).

ABC2 will then carry on all the excitement of the day’s competition with a nightly Evening Show hosted by Stephanie Brantz, and entertainers Lawrence Mooney, Adam Zwar and Sam Pang. Each day the ABC2 broadcast team will be joined in their Olympic Park studio by Australian Paralympians who will discuss all the action and competition, and take a look at the lighter side of Paralympic sport.

ABC TV Broadcast Summary

Opening Ceremony ABC1 Thursday, August 30 at 5:20am
Hosted by Adam Hills, Stephanie Brantz and Beijing triple gold medallist, Heath Francis.

Daily LIVE coverage on ABC1 Friday August 31 to Monday, September 10
4am to 8:30am – ABC1 Morning Show. Hosted by Karen Tighe

Daily Highlights on ABC1 Thursday, August 30 to Monday, September 10
6pm to 7pm – ABC1 Nightly Highlights Show. Hosted by Stephanie Brantz.

Daily LIVE coverage on ABC2 Thursday, August 30 to Sunday, September 9
7pm to 11pm – ABC2 Evening Show. Hosted by Stephanie Brantz, Lawrence Mooney, Adam Zwar and Sam Pang

Closing Ceremony ABC1 Monday, September 10 at 5:20am
Hosted by Adam Hills, Stephanie Brantz and Beijing triple gold medallist, Heath Francis

ABC iview
If you miss our Paralympic coverage on TV, you can catch up on all the action from London with the click of a mouse on ABC iview.

SOME OF OUR AUSSIES TO WATCH OUT FOR and WHEN – ABC1 and ABC2:

DAY 1 – Thursday August 30, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
Track Cycling Qualify – Jayme Paris (NSW) & Kieran Modra (SA)
Swimming Heats – Matt Cowdrey (QLD), Ellie Cole (ACT), Rick Pendleton (QLD)
Opening Ceremony Highlights

DAY 1 – Thursday August 30, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
Track Cycling Qualify – Jayme Paris (NSW) & Kieran Modra (SA)
Swimming Heats – Matt Cowdrey (SA), Ellie Cole (ACT), Rick Pendleton (QLD)
Opening Ceremony Highlights

DAY 1 – Friday, August 31, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Track Cycling Finals – Jayme Paris (NSW) & Kieran Modra (SA)
· Swimming Finals – Matt Cowdrey (SA), Ellie Cole (ACT), Rick Pendleton (QLD), Brenden Hall (QLD)
· Equestrian – Grace Bowman (SA)
· Shooting – Libby Kosmala (SA), Natalie Smith (VIC)
· WC Basketball – Women : AUS v BRA / Men : AUS v RSA

DAY 2 – Friday August 31, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
Athletics – Kristy Pond (NSW), Brad Scott (ACT), Katherine Proudfoot (Field / Discus) (ACT)
Track Cycling – David Nicholas (QLD), Felicity Johnson (SA) (pilot: Stephanie Morton) (SA)
Goalball – AUS v JPN
Swimming Heats – Matthew Levy (NSW), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Timothy Antalfy (NSW)
WC Basketball – Women : AUS v GBR

DAY 2 – Saturday, September 1 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Kurt Fearnley (NSW)
· Swimming Finals – Matthew Levy (NSW), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Timothy Antalfy (NSW)
· Track Cycling Final – David Nicholas (QLD)
· Equestrian – Hannah Dodd (NSW), Rob Oakley (NSW)
· Powerlifting – Abebe Fekadu 56kg (QLD)
· Rowing – Gavin Bellis (VIC)/Kathryn Ross (ACT), Erik Horrie (ACT)
· Shooting – Ashley Adams (QLD)
· WC Basketball – Men : AUS v TUR

DAY 3 – Saturday September 1, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Evan O’Hanlon (ACT), Simon Patmore (QLD)
· Swimming Heats – Prue Watt (VIC), Blake Cochrane (QLD), Matthew Levy (NSW)
· Track Cycling – Bryce Lindores (QLD), Kieran Modra (SA), Michael Gallagher (VIC)
· Shooting – Bradley Mark (QLD), Jason Maroney (VIC)

DAY 3 – Sunday, September 2, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Angela Ballard (NSW), Madison de Rozario (WA), Evan O’Hanlon (ACT)
· Swimming Finals – Prue Watt (VIC), Blake Cochrane (QLD), Matthew Levy (NSW)
· Track Cycling – Jayme Paris (NSW), Michael Gallagher (VIC)
· Rowing – Repechage
· Sailing – Race 1 & 2
· Shooting – Libby Kosmala (SA), Ashley Adams (QLD), Natalie Smith (VIC)
· WC Basketball – Women : AUS v CAN / Men : AUS v ESP
· WC Tennis – Ben Weekes (NSW) / Daniela Di Toro (VIC)

DAY 4 – Sunday, September 2, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Jessica Gallagher (VIC), Tim Sullivan (VIC), Kelly Cartwright (VIC)
· Swimming Heats – Ahmed Kelly (VIC), Grant Patterson (QLD), Jay Dohnt (SA)
· Track Cycling – Susan Powell (ACT), David Nicholas (QLD), Michael Gallagher (VIC)
· Goalball – AUS v CAN

DAY 4 – Monday, September 3, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Simon Patmore (QLD), Carlee Beattie (Long Jump) (QLD), Angie Ballard (NSW)
· Swimming Heats – Ahmed Kelly (VIC), Grant Patterson (QLD), Jay Dohnt (SA)
· Track Cycling – Susan Powell (ACT), David Nicholas (QLD), Michael Gallagher (VIC)
· Shooting – Bradley Mark (QLD), Jason Maroney (VIC), Luke Cain (VIC)
· WC Basketball – Women : AUS v NED / Men : AUS v USA
· Rowing – Finals
· Sailing – Race 3 & 4

DAY 5 – Monday, September 3, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
Athletics – Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Russel Short (Shot Put) (VIC)
Swimming Heats – Matthew Haanappel (VIC), Matthew Levy (NSW), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Ahmed Kelly (VIC), Annabelle Williams (NSW)

DAY 5 – Tuesday, September 4, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1

Athletics – Tim Sullivan (VIC), Brad Scott (ACT)
Swimming Final – Matthew Haanappel (VIC), Matthew Levy (NSW), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Ahmed Kelly (VIC), Annabelle Williams (NSW)
Equestrian – Grace Bowman (SA)
WC Basketball – Men : AUS v ITA
Goalball – AUS v USA
Sailing – Race 5 & 6

DAY 6 – Tuesday, September 4, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Christie Dawes (NSW), Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Angela Ballard (NSW)
· Swimming Heats – Brenden Hall (QLD), Ellie Cole (ACT), Michael Anderson (NSW)
· Equestrian – Hannah Dodd (NSW)
· Shooting – Ashley Adams (QLD)
· WC Basketball – Women Quarter Final – Game 1

DAY 6 – Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Rheed McCracken (QLD), 4x100m Relay Women T35-38, Kurt Fearnley (NSW)
· Swimming Finals – Brenden Hall (QLD), Ellie Cole (ACT), Michael Anderson (NSW)
· WC Basketball – Women Quarter Final – Game 2-4
· Equestrian – Rob Oakley (NSW)
· Goalball – AUS v SWE
· Sailing – Race 7 & 8

DAY 7 – Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Kurt Fearnley (NSW), 4x100m Relay Men T42-46
· Swimming Heats – Annabelle Williams (NSW), Esther Overton (SA), Matthew Cowdrey (SA)
· Shooting – Ashley Adams (QLD)
· WC Basketball – Men Quarter Final – Game 1

DAY 7 – Thursday, September 6, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Richard Colman (VIC), Madison de Rozario (WA), Angela Ballard (NSW), Kelly Cartwright (VIC)
· Swimming Heats – Annabelle Williams (NSW), Esther Overton (SA), Matthew Cowdrey (SA)
· WC Basketball – Men Quarter Finals – Game 2-4
· WC Rugby – AUS v CAN
· Cycling Road – David Nicholas (QLD), Susan Powell (ACT)
· Powerlifting – Darren Gardiner 100kg (WA)
· Sailing – Race 9 & 10

DAY 8 – Thursday, September 6, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Michael Roeger (SA), Simon Patmore (QLD), Kurt Fearnley (NSW)
· Swimming Heats – Matthew Cowdrey (SA), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Richard Eliason (ACT)
· WC Basketball – Women – Semi Final 1

DAY 8 – Friday, September 7, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Simon Patmore (QLD), Angela Ballard (NSW), Rosemary Little (NSW), Kurt Fearnley (NSW)
· Swimming Finals – Matthew Cowdrey (SA), Jacqueline Freney (NSW), Richard Eliason (ACT)
· WC Basketball – Women – Semi Final 1 / Men – Semi Final 1 & 2
· Cycling Road – Jayme Paris (NSW), Michael Gallagher (VIC)
· Sailing – Race 11/Final

DAY 9 – Friday, September 7, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Athletics – Evan O’Hanlon (ACT) Tim Sullivan (VIC), Scott Reardon (ACT)
· Swimming Heats – Matthew Cowdrey (SA), Ellie Cole (ACT), 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts Women
· WC Rugby – AUS v BEL

DAY 9 – Saturday, September 8, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Scott Reardon (ACT), Rachael Dodds (QLD)
· Swimming Finals – Matthew Cowdrey (SA), Ellie Cole (ACT), 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts Women
· WC Basketball – Women – Bronze & Gold Medal Matches

DAY 10 – Saturday, September 8, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC 2
· Athletics – Evan O’Hanlon (ACT), Sam McIntosh (VIC)
· Swimming Heats – Prue Watt (VIC), 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts Men

DAY 10 – Sunday, September 9, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
· Athletics – Rheed McCracken (QLD), Michael Roeger (SA), 4x400m Relay T53/54 Men
· Swimming Finals – Prue Watt (VIC), 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts Men
· Cycling Road – Kieran Modra (SA)
· WC Rugby – Semi Finals
· WC Basketball – Men – Bronze & Gold Medal Matches

DAY 11 – Sunday, September 9, 2012 (7pm to 11pm) – ABC2
· Marathon – Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Nathen Arkley (SA), Christie Dawes (NSW)
· WC Rugby – Bronze & Gold Medal Matches

** Please note – competition and coverage schedule above is subject to change.

Updated.

15 Comments:

  1. Hmmm, looking at the ABC site, this is only “live” to Eastern States.

    I’m not a fan of Ch 9’s coverage but at least it really was shown live everywhere.

  2. Shame it won’t be in HD, i’m not a big sports fan but HD broadcasting kinda swayed me to watch alot more of the Olympics than i would have last time around (well intended to watch more until 9 buggered it up but yeah). Kinda off topic but i wonder how big a factor HD broadcast played in Olympics ratings.
    On topic, i’m pretty sure the ABC will show alot more respect for the Paralympics overall than any commercial network & i don’t see them putting it on abc2 as going against that, just a recognition that sporting & non sporting fans will watch different things, it would be silly to put the regular abc shows onto 2 while the Paralympics are on.

  3. JoshS, clearly ABC have the same thoughts as Nine & Seven did. Otherwise, they’d be airing the primetime coverage on ABC1 instead of ABC2.

    BigVic, you should know that Nine’s original agreement to share London 2012 rights with Foxtel was done well before Nine would know they’d have extra digital channels to use. How do I know this? ABC’s Media Watch told me, of all people. Expect Rio 2016 to include FTA digital channels in any new agreement.

  4. I’m glad the ABC got this coverage and I believe we will see a far better response regarding the upholding of the Olympic Spirit than we did on 9. Frankly, I am glad to have some sort of comparison between the two networks – how they deal with athletes, knowledge of the respective sports and general demeanour on screen. 9 had nothing to be proud of.

  5. Thanks for the guide David, I will be watching the ABC coverage which I am sure will be to an excellent standard. We will be getting more coverage than from previous Paralympics games. Good one ABC!

  6. This will good to see how ABC1/ABC2 combo should be done for the games showing different events across channels. It will also be interesting having the Paralympics live in prime time on a digital channel. Can’t wait! Give me more games and competition with the worlds best athletes, dare I say “the superhumans” ?

  7. I find it disgusting that the Network that bought the rights to the Olympics isn’t showing the Paralympics.

    It’s not just a dig at Nine, as Seven did the same thing.

    I suppose of the IOC forced networks to deficate at least 50% of the hours they show of the Olympics to Paralympics, they may not make as much money…

    I urge everyone to watch the coverage, it is amazing what people are capable of.

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