ABC TV London 2012 Paralympics TV Schedule for Australia

The London 2012 Paralympics will be broadcast exclusively in Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on ABC1 and ABC2 TV as well as streaming via ABC iView video online between August 30th and September 10th.

Channel 9’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics was marred by the use of many of their Australian sports presenters such as Eddie Maguire even though it was clear by their poor comments that they knew little or nothing about the events they were covering as commentators.

Thankfully the ABC Grandstand Sports team are knowledgeble about the Paralympics thanks to their excellent coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

Featuring over 100 hours of coverage, ABC1 and ABC2 will capture all the inspiring highlights from the 11 days of competition, including the spectacular Opening Ceremony (August 30) and Closing Ceremony (Sept 10) starring British band, Coldplay. Both ceremonies will be hosted on ABC1 by Adam Hills and sports presenter, Stephanie Brantz.

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.

To keep up with all the Paralympics news visit ABC’s London 2012 Paralympics website.

ABC TV London 2012 Paralympics Broadcast Schedule 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
pm 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

If you miss ABC TV Paralympics coverage you can catch up on all the action from London with the click of a mouse via ABC iView.

ABC TV London 2012 Paralympics Highlights

Note that the competition and coverage schedule below is subject to change.

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 – Friday, August 31, 2012 (4am to 8:30am) – ABC1
Track Cycling Finals – Jayme Paris (NSW) & Kieran Modra (SA)
Swimming Finals – Matt Cowdrey (QLD), 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 (ACT), 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 (QLD)

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 (QLD)
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 (QLD), Esther Overton (SA), Matthew Cowdrey (QLD)
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 (QLD), Esther Overton (SA), Matthew Cowdrey (QLD)
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 (QLD), 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 (QLD), 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 (QLD), 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 (QLD), 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

6 thoughts on “ABC TV London 2012 Paralympics TV Schedule for Australia”

  1. It’s good to know that they have captured all the highlights during the Olympics in London. Would love to watch it again.

  2. The paralympics is an amazing event. My nephew is a disabled sailor and he shows the drive and determination that is just unimaginable. I have sailed against him…and lost. He’s good, and he proves that little stands in his way as long as he puts his mind to it.

  3. I feel so inspired by the paralympians for their strong attitudes and will-power. It is inspirational to people everywhere as these athletes are proving that nothing can stop you from achieving your lifetime goals. It is a great achievement to make it to the paralympics and the athletes involved are just as willing and able as those that participated in the olympic games. I’m a firm believer of mind of matter and that if you fight hard enough for something you can achieve whatever it is that you have set your mind to and to not let obstacles alter your life plan. Go for gold australia!

  4. It is great to see that Abc is stepping up and putting these paralympians in the spotlight. There is not enough coverage of these kind of events. Paralympians should be and idol to all. Imagine how many times they have been told they can’t do something, but here they are at the olympics achieving their life lone goals. It makes me so proud, I admire there strength and determination. I trust Abc will do a great job in covering this olympics and fully support the contestants no matter how they go. They achieving so much already just by making it , and don’t deserve to be put down, even if they don’t win first place. Good luck to all the participants and go for gold! Aussie Aussie Aussie.. OI OI OI !

  5. I don’t even think they showed this in the U.S. If they did, it was on some small network that many people didn’t have. Sad.

  6. I guess I missed it! I didn’t even see it airing in the US. I currently have time warner cable with pretty much every channel, still wasn’t listed 🙁

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