Although the Games are called “Tokyo 2020,” don’t be worried – you haven’t missed the competitions. The Paralympics were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now, with the Tokyo Paralympic Games fast approaching – we can’t wait to support the Australian Paralympic Team!
The Paralympic Games are set to run from 24 August to 05 September, where over 4,400 athletes from over 160 nations will compete in 22 sports across 21 venues.
As Aussie fans were not allowed to travel to the Games due to COVID-19 related restrictions, this means we can only support from afar.
The first step in showing your support is by joining AUS squad: the official cheer squad of the Australian Paralympic Team. As a member of AUS squad (joining is free via this link: https://www.paralympic.org.au/aussquad/), you’ll get email updates and opportunities to support the athletes as they all strive for greatness in the upcoming competitions.
Next, we suggest that you follow the Paralympics Australia social media channels so you really don’t miss a thing – @ausparalympics will be active throughout the games on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter:
Make sure you also follow the official hashtag of the Games: #ReadySetTokyo and tag @ausparalympics in your posts.
When to watch
Watching the Games will be easy, but make sure you consider the time differences between Tokyo and Australia. Tokyo’s time zone is called “Japan Standard Time (GMT+9).” As an example, for Queenslanders, the time in Tokyo is one hour earlier. Make sure you check your local time (just google “What time is it in Tokyo”).
Now you’ve got the time zones covered, you can access the full schedule of events here:
It’s a handy calendar that first shows you an overview of what’s on and when is it happening. It also allows you to click on a date to see more details about each event. We suggest marking the sports you want to watch on your own calendar ahead of time and compare that with the Seven Network’s television coverage.
How to watch
You read right, Seven Network is the official broadcast partner of the games and they’ll be showing the games live as they happen. A tip though: you need to keep an eye on all of Seven’s channels as they’ll be showing different Para-sports on different channels (not just their main channel).
7Plus App: With the 7Plus App, you can watch live streams as well as video on demand of key events, highlights and special features. It’s a great tool if you’ve missed the live broadcasts, and even better to get those extras athlete profile stories. The 7plus app is available to download for free from the App Store (Google Play Store). For more info, read the 7plus FAQs.
We also suggest that you keep an eye on the Paralympics Australia Tokyo Hub: https://www.paralympic.org.au/tokyo2020/ – this will be your one-stop-shop for all the latest news, videos, profiles, results and schedules relating to Australia at the Games.
Who to watch
We can’t wait to cheer loudly for the Australian Paralympic Team. The Team includes 175 athletes, 7 guides and ramp assistants and is supported by 168 Team officials – plus all of us back home! Find out who is representing the Australian Paralympic Team at Tokyo 2020.
As an Official Supporter of the Australian Paralympic Team, we’re incredibly excited to watch our Aussie athletes competing. You can join us and rally behind our Paralympians in Tokyo too. It’s set to be a seriously memorable Paralympics!
Main image source: https://www.paralympic.org.au
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