It’s been a great sporting summer before, but even the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics doesn’t mean the sporting summer is over, as the 2020 Paralympic Games are now underway.
The games, which are set in Tokyo, were scheduled to take place last year but have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic – and all the action will be available to watch on Channel 4 with The Last Leg taking place every night with Paralympic specials while the games are taking place.
And Channel 4 has put together a big, strong team to pitch the games and tell us about the action this year and if you want to know everyone involved, you’ve come to the right place!
Ade made a name for himself as a wheelchair basketball player and has since done great things with his television work, including presenting documentaries and being part of the Children in Need charity fundraiser. .
Another familiar face, Balding has featured a wide variety of sports on the BBC, including six previous Olympics. She has also directed the BBC’s rugby league coverage, provided extensive horse racing coverage, is one of the presenters for BBC Sports Personality of the Year and appears frequently on the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage. .
Arthur is no stranger to the Paralympics as he first featured them at the 2012 Games and has since made a series of documentaries.
Sophie featured at the Paralympic Games in 2016 and has long been a disability activist. She also has a keen interest in current affairs and travel and has presented documentaries on these same topics.
Steph spent eight years on BBC Breakfast, then moved to Channel 4 to present Steph’s Packed Lunch.
JJ was a presenter at the Paralympic Games in Rio and also presented for the annual Invictus Games for the BBC. He previously served in the Royal Navy and was injured in a bomb explosion in 2011. You will probably remember him from his appearance as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
Ed is a former rugby player, presented the highlights of the Channel 4 European Champions Cup and commented for the Six Nations.
Vick is the current host of Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look on BBC Radio One and she will also be an even bigger name on the station, as she has to take charge of hosting The Drivetime Show.
Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker
Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker are all best known for their work on The Last Leg which returns nightly for the entire Paralympic Games, with many guests lined up during the series to join them.
An actress, Rosie is a regular guest of The Last Leg and a brilliant comic book. She has featured a Channel 4 travel series titled Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure and has released her own children’s book, The Amazing Edie Eckhart.
Lee is established at Channel 4 and is the host of their F1 and rugby coverage. He also covers a variety of different sports for the BBC.
Jordan was a wheelchair basketball player at club and national level, and he captained a European team twice. He is also a sports journalist for Channel 4 and DJ.
Jeanette is a former athlete who covers sports for Channel 4, the BBC, Sky Sports and Channel 5 – so she is a busy woman. She competed in the Olympic 100m final in 2008.
Liz is a former swimmer who has won medals, including gold, at three Paralympic Games. She co-founded The Ability People, the UK’s first disability-focused employment consultancy.
Giles Long MBE
Giles made a name for himself as a Paralympic athlete by competing in swimming competitions and winning medals for it. Since retiring from sports, he has decided to become a sports commentator.
Commentators and experts
Steve is a former wheelchair rugby player and coach and he captained Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Not only that, but he’s also a gold medalist at the European Championship!
Simon is a BBC sports commentator and you would probably have seen him on Match of the Day and BBC Radio 5 Live. He also appears on BT Sport and covers baseball, cycling and boxing.
Jo is a retired British cyclist who won gold medals at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Ronald has won awards for his sports coverage as a freelance commentator, journalist and presenter and has worked for various broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BT Sport.
Rob has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Setanta Sports as a presenter and his work has covered tennis, snooker, darts, boxing, soccer, sailing and track and field.
Katharine won bronze in the 400m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, then worked for the BBC at the Beijing and London Olympics.
Dan is a wheelchair basketball commentator and you would have heard his voice cover a range of international events over the years.
Clare is a former wheelchair basketball player and, since retiring, has remained actively involved in it, commenting on games.
John works for BT Sport, ITV and talkSPORT and his main areas of expertise are British Boxing, Track and Field, Darts and Yachting – and he comments on them all! He also featured at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Gigi is a British television and radio presenter, journalist and commentator. She covers tennis and football for BBC Five Live and has worked in sports for over 20 years, so she knows her stuff.
Louise is a British wheelchair tennis player who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Peter won gold medals in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 as a British wheelchair tennis player and he also won several Grand Slam titles.
Marc has competed in five Paralympic swimming events and won 12 medals in his time, including a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Baroness Gray-Thompson has won 11 gold medals in five Paralympic Games and has since worked hard to raise awareness and interest more people in disability sports.
Danny broke gold records at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and he also won gold at the European and World Championships.
Alice is a British Paralympic swimmer who has won gold medals at the International, European and Commonwealth Paralympic Games.
Stef competed in the Paralympic long jump and T44 sprint events and won a bronze medal for the sprint in 2008 and then a silver for the long jump in 2012.
Lauren competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London as a swimmer and won a medal in the para-triathlon at the 2016 Games held in Rio.
Hannah is a British T2 trike rider who competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
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