Seven announces anchor and commentary teams for the Olympic Games in Athens

12 Aug 2004, 11:01:51 AM

21 Olympians join Seven's team for the biggest event on television in 2004 - 300+ hours coverage across August.

The Seven Network released details on the anchor and commentary teams for Seven's coverage of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad.

The team includes 21 Olympians – including 11 gold medallists - who have competed in a total of 45 Olympic Games.

Catherine Freeman, Lauren Burns, Alisa Camplin and Kieren Perkins are joining Seven's coverage along with Rechelle Hawkes who read the Athlete's Oath at the Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Andrew Gaze who led the Australian team into the Olympic Stadium on that momentous night in September 2000, and Ric Birch, who created the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Sydney.

Seven's coverage will once again see Bruce McAvaney – acknowledged as one of the world's best Olympic commentators – cover the big ticket events at the Games: the opening and closing ceremonies, swimming and athletics.

Joining McAvaney in commentary will be some of our greatest athletes – Kieren Perkins, Catherine Freeman and Raelene Boyle – along with Australia's master swimming coach, Don Talbot. Working with Bruce in commentary for the specialist field events will be Dave Culbert, himself an Olympian and recognised as the best field commentator in Australia.

For the opening ceremony, Ric Birch – the creator of the ceremonies for Sydney, Barcelona and Los Angeles – will combine with McAvaney to provide his perspective along with respected sports journalist, Rebecca Wilson.

With Bruce McAvaney focusing on event coverage, Matthew White and Tony Squires join the anchor team for our overall coverage along with Sandy Roberts – who has covered Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games since Moscow in 1980 – and Johanna Griggs, a co-anchor of Sportsworld and Seven sports' coverage and herself a world-class swimmer who has represented Australia.

From Athens in the fortnight leading up to the Opening Ceremony, David Koch and Melissa Doyle will present Sunrise – now Australia's most-watched breakfast television programme. During the Games, Sunrise will have extensive coverage of the Games and a live studio audience of the friends and families of Australia's athletes. And as Seven heads into late night and the early morning live coverage, Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson will present The Dream, live from Athens.

Olympic gold medallist, Alisa Camplin, joins Seven's Olympic team, as a specialist expert on a number of sports, including diving and gymnastics. Alisa will work alongside Peter Donegan and Dean Pullar on diving. Alisa will also join one of Australia's leading coaches, Liz Chetkovich on the gymnastics program. Simon Reeve will join Liz for the artistic competition. And saddling up with Reeve for coverage of the equestrian programme will be the forthright Lucinda Green, a former world champion.

Olympian Nick Green joins Basil Zempilas to cover our rowing campaign. And, watch them jump in the basketball competition as Olympians Andrew Gaze and Michele Timms call the action with Basil Zempilas and David Christison. And in cycling, Seven has once again secured the services of the best in the business – Phil Liggett.

With Australia a force in world hockey and our men's and women's teams both going for gold, Hockeyroos gold medallist, Rechelle Hawkes will join Gordon Bray, David Christison and Dave Culbert to cover every key moment in Australia's campaign. Grant Denyer, from Sunrise and an experienced sports commentator will call the action from handball, wrestling and judo.

Former Australian softball captain and Olympic Bronze Medallist, Joyce Lester has swapped her mitt for a microphone since retiring and will call the softball games with Kerryn Pratt. Lauren Burns – the gold medallist from Sydney – returns to the mat to cover taekwondo with Peter Colquhoun.

Seven's Olympic Commentary Team

Anchors

  • Sandy Roberts

  • Johanna Griggs

  • Matthew White

  • Tony Squires

Updates

  • Kylie Gillies

  • Liz Ellis

The Dream

  • Roy Slaven

  • H.G. Nelson

Sunrise

  • David Koch

  • Melissa Doyle

Opening Ceremony

  • Bruce McAvaney

  • Rebecca Wilson

  • Ric Birch

Archery

  • Garry Wilkinson

  • Matt Gray

Athletics

  • Bruce McAvaney

  • Dave Culbert

  • Catherine Freeman

  • Raelene Boyle

  • Pat Welsh

  • Neil Kearney

Badminton

  • Gordon Bray

  • Kerryn Pratt

  • Peter Blackburn

  • Chris Dittmar

Baseball

  • Chris Maitland

  • Mark Shipley

Basketball

  • Basil Zempilas

  • David Christison

  • Andrew Gaze

  • Michele Timms

  • Chris Dittmar

Beach Volleyball

  • Peter Colquhoun

  • Chris Dittmar

  • Annette Huygens Tholen

  • Greg Barton

Boxing

  • Jim Neilly

  • Richie Woodhall

Canoe / Kayak – Sprint

  • Basil Zempilas

  • Nick Green

Canoe/Kayak – Slalom

  • Peter Colquhoun

  • Jimmy Walker

Cycling

  • Phil Liggett

  • Paul Sherwen

Diving

  • Peter Donegan

  • Dean Pullar

  • Alisa Camplin

Equestrian

  • Simon Reeve

  • Lucinda Green

Football

  • Simon Hill

  • Mike McCann

  • David Smith

Gymnastics

  • Simon Reeve

  • Liz Chetkovich

  • Alisa Camplin

Handball

  • Grant Denyer

Hockey

  • David Christison

  • Dave Culbert

  • Rechelle Hawkes

  • Gordon Bray

  • Dave Wansbrough

Judo

  • Dennis Iverson

  • Grant Denyer

Rowing

  • Basil Zempilas

  • Nick Green

Shooting

  • David Smith

Softball

  • Kerryn Pratt

  • Joyce Lester

Swimming

  • Bruce McAvaney

  • Don Talbot

  • Kieren Perkins

  • Pat Welsh

Taekwondo

  • Peter Colquhoun

  • Lauren Burns

Tennis

  • Kerryn Pratt

  • Gordon Bray

Triathlon

  • Bruce McAvaney

  • Dave Culbert

  • Phil Liggett

  • Kieren Perkins

Volleyball

  • Graham Dawson

  • David Waite

  • Peter Donegan

  • Annette Huygens Tholan

Water Polo

  • Mike McCann

  • Debbie Watson

  • Ryan Moar

Weightlifting

  • Garry Wilkinson

  • Damian Brown

Wrestling

  • Grant Denyer

Seven's Olympic team will also be covering fencing, modern pentathlon, sailing and synchronised swimming