Three of Australia’s greatest athletes – Ian Thorpe, Cate Campbell and Curtis McGrath – lead Seven Network’s unrivaled commentary team as Australia’s home of the Commonwealth Games unveils another storied broadcasting venture with up to 30 exclusive and free live and rerun channels via Seven, 7mate and 7plus.
With 200 real medal attempts expected for Australia, Seven has assembled a first class team of hosts and commentators to deliver its coverage of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Birmingham 2022 will be the second largest broadcast and digital event in the country after Seven’s award-winning coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Australia’s most popular and respected sports channel Bruce McAvaney returns for his fifth Commonwealth Games, broadcasting from Britain alongside the three-time Australian Commonwealth Games gold medalist Tamsyn Manu.
In the countdown to the highly anticipated games, Seven has announced that its broadcast hosting team will be headed by Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Matt Shirvington, Emma Freedman, Johanna Griggs, Abbey Holmes, Ryan Daniels and Trent Copeland.
Mel McLaughlin, Jason Richardson, Amy Parks and Matt Carmichael will be accompanied by Olympic greats in Birmingham Kate Campbell.
Ten-time gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games Jan ThorpeAustralia’s equally most successful Comm Games athlete, will join Seven’s commentary team to announce swim events following his acclaimed commentary post at Tokyo 2020.
Australian Paralympians Annabelle (Annie) Williams and Curtis McGrath will continue to bolster Seven’s coverage as they lead the broadcast of the fully integrated Para program while also being Commonwealth Games medalists David Culbert, Kate Bates, Georgie Parker, Scott McGrory and Catherine Cox also join the team.
master transmitter Basil Zempilas leads an impressive team of callers, including the global doyen of bike commentary Phil LiggettRugby Expert Gregory Clark and savvy callers Matt Hill, Alister Nicholson, Jon Harker, Liz Chetkovic, and Sue Gaudion.
Experienced callers after an incredible summer of cricket at Seven Alison Mitchell and Lisa Stalekar will provide expert commentary during T20 cricket while the Australian Rugby Seven athlete Tiana Penitaniformer pro ironwoman Candice Warnerand Australian cyclist Paul van der Ploeg complete the team.
For Bruce McAvaney, anticipation is building for what promises to be 12 days of extraordinary Games, featuring many of the world’s greatest athletes and Australia’s brightest stars.
“We have hardly breathed since the euphoria of the Summer and Winter Olympics,” he said.
“It is unprecedented to see our athletes back on the world stage so soon, and these Commonwealth Games will showcase the world’s best in many sports that are unmatched anywhere else. Women’s cricket will be shown for the first time and netball will see us against our arch-rivals New Zealand.
“The integration of Parasport means we see our champions like Madi De Rozario on the same program as Nicola McDermott and Ash Maloney. Flying mullet Rohan Browning and Peter Bol are back, as are the Jamaicans and Kenyans who have dominated the athletics world. We’re impressive in the pool, led by Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus.
“We have a long history of Commonwealth glory. I think of Deeks and Raelene in Brisbane in 1982, and 12 years later, Cathy’s lap of honor with the double flag in Canada, and Kerryn McCann’s emotional marathon victory on home soil in Melbourne in 2006.
“Seven’s team is armed and ready. Our athletes will be at their peak. That will be something very special.”
Viewers will wake up to big live events and medal moments every day Emma Freiman and Matt Shirvington while piloting Seven’s morning show starting at 3:30am AEST.
The early morning hosts also had the honor of commenting on the excitement and color of the opening ceremony, alongside Australian Paralympian Annie Williams.
Shortly after daily early morning coverage, Australia’s #1 breakfast show sunrise brings viewers the latest news from Birmingham 2022 and exclusive athlete interviews with a local sports expert from 5:30am Markus Berette Live broadcast from the host city.
Dear sender Johanna Griggs will take Seven’s afternoon audience daily from 3:00pm AEST through two hours of daily highlights, including exclusive interviews with winning athletes and their families and friends.
Following 7NEWS at 18:00 each night of the games, two of Australia’s most respected sports broadcasters – Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi – will guide, inform and entertain audiences through Seven’s prime time coverage from 19:00, giving viewers all the medal moments live bring.
Each night, Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson will be featured live from the host city with the best late night coverage of the games alongside a rotating cast of evening guests.
Viewers are kept up to date by fan favorites Abbey Holmes and Ryan Daniels overnight.
Hamish McLachlan said: “Australia has always had a tremendous presence and incredible success at the Commonwealth Games and has often been the launching pad for some of Australia’s most iconic sporting names.
“Ian Thorpe and Hayley Lewis announced themselves to the world as teenagers. Stories like hers are hard to believe, but equally breathtaking journeys will be born in Birmingham.
“We are one of only six countries that send athletes to all of the Commonwealth Games. The brilliance of our athletes has earned us first place in 13 of the 21 games played to date, and we have been in the top three countries in all but the first game in 1930.
“I love the integration of schedules that integrate the able-bodied and parasports programs. It was the highlight of Gold Coast 2018 for me. Watching Kurt Fearnley run the marathon encapsulated everything that is wonderful about the sport.
“It’s always friendlies and I look forward to seeing green and gold do well and help tell our athletes’ stories.”
Abbey Gelmi added: “Having seen the Australians celebrate our athletes in Tokyo and Beijing, I couldn’t be more excited to be back telling the stories of Birmingham 2022 with Hamish and Team Seven.
“The spirit of the Commonwealth Games, or ‘Friendlies’ as they are known, perfectly reflects the values we admire in those who wear green and gold – sportsmanship, humanity and equality.
“Birmingham will bring together more than 4,500 athletes from 72 nations with the largest integrated parasports program ever and a record number of mixed events.
“Some exciting new sports will make their debuts such as women’s T20 cricket with all eyes on our all-conquering world champions. As for athletics and pool, so many of the characters that stole our hearts at last year’s Tokyo 2020 will take center stage again, not to mention the soon-to-be-known names that will pop up in brilliant moments.
“With Australia having won more medals at all Commonwealth Games than any other country, fans have every reason to look forward to what is to come. It is a privilege to be part of the team again.”
Australians can tune in 7plus to have all the action at your fingertips with up to 30 live and replay channels. With replays, event minis, trending highlights, exclusive interviews with Australian athletes and the best action on demand, viewers won’t miss a moment on 7plus.
Lewis Martin, Seven Network’s Head of Sport, said: “Seven stands alone as Australia’s home of sport and we will once again bring unrivaled expertise to our monumental coverage of Birmingham 2022.
“While we will proudly stand alongside the rest of the nation behind our incredible Australian athletes, we will never ignore the incredible stories from the rest of the world. You can count on Seven and our exceptional team of experts to uncover the games’ most compelling stories, taking you into every single event at all times to make the most of the action.”
Australians can keep up to date with the latest news, biggest and best moments and exclusive content on 7Sport’s social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
Broadcast Hosting Schedule
19:00 – 23:00 AEST live on Channel 7
Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi will entertain viewers with Seven’s nightly coverage of the games in prime time, including our Aussie’s best swimming, athletics and cycling moments, along with live interviews with athletes and families direct from Birmingham.
23:00 – 00:30 AEST live on Channel 7
Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson will be joining us live from the host city each night immediately after the primetime session to share all the highlights from the day and take us to more live events as they happen.
00:30 – 03:30 AEST live on Channel 7
Abbey Holmes and Ryan Daniels will present the best of Birmingham night action including our Aussie taking on basketball 3×3, beach volleyball, cricket, hockey, netball and rugby 7.
3.30am – 5.30am AEST live on Channel 7, 5.30am – 7.30am AEST live on 7mate
Emma Freedman and Matt Shirvington will bring us the best gold medal moments each morning and cover the finals in multiple sports.
3pm – 5pm AEST, live on Channel 7
Johanna Griggs brings viewers the best of Birmingham every day of the games.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games July 28th to August 8th. Live and free on Seven and 7plus. The only place to see everything!