Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Countdown is On!

ABC names Chris Bath to host nightly prime-time program.

Game on Down Under! The ABC is thrilled to announce that broadcaster Chris Bath will return to screens around Australia as the host of nightly entertainment program Invictus Games Today, to air during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

The primetime show will be broadcast out of the Invictus Games precinct at Sydney Olympic Park. Invictus Games Today will be a lively half-hour that captures – and helps create – the spirit of the Games, delivering a nightly roundup of results and achievements.

The program will be broadcast on the main ABC channel, on ABC iview and on international television channel, ABC Australia, throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Chris, who also hosts Evenings on ABC Radio Sydney, will be joined by co-host Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and panelists Dylan Alcott from triple j and former Invictus Games competitor Damien Thomlinson, as well as a rotating team of current Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitors, military personnel, mental health professionals and sport experts, and some surprise familiar faces.

Chris said, “I’m excited and proud to be part of ABC’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018 coverage as host of Invictus Games Today and teaming up with ‘Lehmo’, Dylan and Damien. It’s a chance for us to showcase the best of humanity and in the process be inspired. I’m looking forward to meeting the remarkable competitors, their families and friends and sharing their stories.”

David Anderson, ABC Director of Entertainment and Specialist, said, “As the official broadcaster of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the ABC will bring together communities across Australia to celebrate the strength and spirit of our wounded, injured or ill service men and women.

“The ABC will broadcast 100 hours of live, original and curated ABC content – from Invictus Game Today to news reports, documentaries, children’s programs and live coverage of the events – that will inform, entertain and inspire audiences leading up to and during the eight days of competition.”
The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will be held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour, from October 20th to the 27th.

Around 500 competitors from 18 nations will take part in 11 adaptive sports: archery, athletics, indoor rowing, a driving challenge, powerlifting, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The Games will also feature a wheelchair tennis competition and a golf event for competitors, their families and friends.

During the Games, the ABC will have multi-platform coverage across our scheduled radio and TV programs as well as on ABC NEWS TV and radio channels and on our digital channels. The Games will be streamed live on ABC iview and on the ABC YouTube channel.

As well as bringing the action to Australians, the ABC will share the remarkable stories of the competitors through bespoke content across sport, science, health, children’s and arts programming. Highlights will include live events streamed across all platforms, including the opening and closing ceremonies, and a slate of original Invictus Games-inspired programming.



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