Invictus Games preview: Prince Harry joins Sunday ABC coverage

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Prince Harry, HRH The Duke of Sussex, will join the Invictus Games Today program on Sunday night, in an exclusive conversation with Australian Invictus Games competitors, Nicole Bradley and Stewart Sherman.

Dylan Alcott will host the program from the grounds of Admiralty House in Sydney. Bradley and Sherman will share with Alcott and Prince Harry the stories of their personal journeys to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and the positive impacts on their families. They will also discuss upcoming highlights of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Nicole Bradley is the co-captain of the Australian Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team and will be participating in athletics and power lifting. Stewart Sherman is participating in wheelchair tennis and archery.

The ABC is the official broadcaster of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, which will be held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour, from Saturday October 20 to Saturday October 27.

The ABC will broadcast 100 hours of live, original and curated Invictus Games-inspired content including Invictus Games Today; local and international documentaries; news, science, sport, health and children’s programs; the opening and closing ceremonies and live coverage of the events.

OPENING CEREMONY

Saturday October 20, 7.30pm AEDT on ABC TV + ABC iview

CLOSING CEREMONY

Saturday October 27, 7.30pm AEDT on ABC TV + ABC iview

Broadcast live from the forecourt of the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony will celebrate the power of the human spirit by sharing personal stories of recovery, endurance, rehabilitation and overcoming adversity from the many rich and diverse cultures that make up the Invictus Games family.

ABC TV’s coverage of the opening ceremony will be anchored by Chris Bath, with co-hosts Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and Dylan Alcott, with Curtis McGrath as military expert commentator.

Chris Bath

The closing ceremony will be a celebration of the Games, broadcast from Sydney Olympic Park.

ABC’s coverage will again be anchored by Chris Bath with co-hosts Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and Dylan Alcott, with Curtis McGrath as military expert and commentator.

Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc will perform as will Australian rock band Birds of Tokyo.

Both ceremonies will be broadcast on ABC TV and streamed live on ABC’s iview and on ABC TV and iview’s social channels.

Invictus Games Today

Starts on Sunday October 21, 7.40pm on ABC + ABC iview and from Monday October 22, 8pm on ABC + ABC iview

Invictus Games Today will be a half-hour entertainment program hosted by Chris Bath with co-host Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann, 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 sports experts.

The program is being produced for the ABC by Eddie McGuire’s JAM TV.

ABC IVIEW WILL BE THE DEDICATED HOME OF ALL LIVE SPORT

iview will exclusively stream events including athletics, road cycling, swimming, sailing, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. iview will also be the home of all video on demand with competitor profiles, the opening and closing ceremonies, the documentary Fighting Spirit – The Wheeling Diggers’ Invictus Games Dream, as well as each episode of Invictus Games Today.

IVIEW AND SOCIAL MEDIA LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE:

Saturday October 20
7.30pm-9pm, Opening Ceremony, Sydney Opera House

Sunday October 21
9.30am-12.30pm, Road cycling time trial
11.30am-4.50pm, Sailing
1.30pm-6pm, Road cycling criterium (bike race)

Monday October 22
9am-1.30pm, Indoor rowing
4.30pm-8.30pm, Sitting volleyball (pool play 3)

Tuesday October 23
9.30am-12noon, Swimming heats
1.30pm-6.15pm, Powerlifting (session 1)
2pm-4pm, Sitting volleyball semifinals
5.30pm-9pm, Sitting volleyball medal finals

Wednesday October 24
9am-12.30pm, Powerlifting (session 2)
9am-12.15pm, Wheelchair rugby (pool play 1)
1.15pm-4.25pm, Wheelchair rugby (pool play 2)
1.30pm-6.30pm, Powerlifting (session 3)
5pm-10pm, Swimming finals
6.30pm-9.40pm, Wheelchair rugby (pool play 3)

Thursday October 25
9am-5.05pm, Athletics (session 1)
2.30pm-4.10pm, Wheelchair rugby semifinals
5.30pm-8.55pm, Wheelchair rugby celebrity match and medal finals

Friday October26
9am-11.35am, Wheelchair basketball (pool play 1)
10am-3.05pm, Athletics (session 2)
1pm-3.35pm, Wheelchair basketball (pool play 2)
5pm-9.05pm, Athletics (session 3)
5pm-8.30pm, Wheelchair basketball (pool play 3)

Saturday October 27
9.30am-11.40am Wheelchair basketball semifinals
1pm-3.40pm, Wheelchair basketball medal finals
7.30pm-9pm, Closing ceremony, Sydney Olympic Park

For rolling coverage of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 follow ABC TV + iview on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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