Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Everything you need to know about the hosts


• There will be 45 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus all live, free and in HD

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are live on Seven in what will be the country’s biggest-ever broadcast and digital event. For the first time on Australian free-to-air television, there will be 45 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus all live, free and in HD.

Seven’s coverage will be anchored by Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Johanna Griggs, Luke Darcy, Matt Shirvington, Edwina Bartholomew, Lisa Sthalekar and Andy Maher.

Leading Seven’s contingent on the ground in Tokyo, Mel McLaughlin, Mark Beretta, Jason Richardson and Nathan Templeton will make sure audiences are kept up to date with all the latest news, colour and atmosphere of the Games.

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Hamish McLachlan

Hamish is one of Australia’s most experienced broadcasters, having hosted and commentated on a wide range of sports including the Olympics, AFL, horse racing, tennis and Commonwealth Games. He will co-host Seven’s prime-time coverage of Tokyo each night alongside Abbey Gelmi. Hamish boasts extraordinary Olympic Games knowledge and a passion and enthusiasm for all sporting disciplines.

Abbey Gelmi

Abbey has quickly become one of Seven’s most versatile hosts, having presented across the network’s AFL, cricket, horse racing and Brownlow Medal coverage. As the granddaughter of Australian middle-distance great Herb Elliott, sport is in Abbey’s blood. She is fulfilling a lifelong dream in joining Seven’s hosting team for her very first Olympic Games coverage.

Matt Shirvington

One of the greats of Australian track and field, Matt represented his country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships. With 16 years’ experience as a host and reporter, Matt has an extensive background in the sports media, while he also sits on the board of the NSW Institute of Sport. During Tokyo 2020, he will bring his sports knowledge to Seven’s afternoon coverage as co-host with Edwina Bartholomew.

Edwina Bartholomew

The Sunrise presenter returns for her third Olympic Games coverage with Seven. Edwina will host the afternoon broadcast alongside Matt Shirvington each day of the Games.

Johanna Griggs

Johanna represented Australia in swimming at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990, winning bronze in the 100m backstroke, before she went on to become a well known television personality on Australian screens. Johanna has been part of Seven’s coverage of almost all major sporting events, including the past six Olympic Games, tennis and horse racing, as well as hosting Better Homes and Gardens and House Rules. Joh will also host Seven’s coverage of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 alongside Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams and Paralympics legend Kurt Fearnley.

Luke Darcy

A former AFL star with the Western Bulldogs, Luke is regarded as one of the best ruck-forwards of the modern era, winning the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL Players Association’s MVP in 2002. Since his playing retirement, Luke has carved out a burgeoning career as a radio and TV personality, establishing himself as a key caller with Seven’s AFL commentary team. He will co-host Seven’s morning coverage of Tokyo 2020 each day alongside Johanna Griggs.

 Lisa Sthalekar

The former Australian women’s cricket captain carved out an impressive career as an all-rounder that saw her honoured as Australian Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Lisa has since made a transition to the commentary box with her inside knowledge of the women’s game at the highest level. Lisa brings a fresh perspective to Seven’s late-night coverage alongside Andy Maher and Andrew Gaze.

Andy Maher

Describing himself as the “unfunny one” from The Front Bar and “least swashbuckling” member of Seven’s BBL commentary team, Andy is also a highly respected journalist and sports presenter on radio and television. Andy’s extensive media commitments cover a variety of sports, including AFL and cricket. He will co-host Seven’s late-night Tokyo coverage alongside Lisa Sthalekar and Andrew Gaze.

Annabelle Williams

During her swimming career, Annabelle captained the Australian Paralympic swim team, broke five world records and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the Paralympic Games London 2012. Her achievements out of the pool are just as impressive, as an accomplished sports broadcaster, international speaker and former corporate lawyer

Mel McLaughlin

Mel leads Seven’s broadcast and 7News contingent on the ground in Tokyo. The highly respected sports anchor and live-to-air broadcaster has covered a host of major international sporting events, including both summer and winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the FIFA World Cup, cricket and tennis. 

Mark Beretta

Mark, or “Beretts” as he’s more affectionately known, is one of Australia’s best known sports commentators. He has covered almost every major Australian and international sporting event in an incredible career spanning three decades, including every Olympics Seven has covered since 1996, the AFL, Australian Open tennis and Supercars. For the past 17 years, Mark has been a member of Sunrise, keeping viewers up to date with all the latest sport headlines from Australia and around the world, while he is also a 10-time Australian water ski champion.

Jason Richardson

“Richo” is a Stawell Gift winner who has carved out an impressive broadcasting career with Seven. He has hosted and commentated on various events including the Australian Open tennis, Olympic Games Rio 2016, Spring Racing Carnival, Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Nathan Templeton

With close to two decades’ experience in sport reporting from events such as the Australian Open tennis, the Ashes in the UK, the World Swimming Championships in Russia and three Commonwealth Games, Nathan will be in Tokyo for his second Olympics coverage.

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Top Image: Seven Olympic hosts Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi

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