Invictus Games 2018 on the BBC

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The BBC will bring comprehensive coverage of 2018 Invictus Games taking place in Sydney.

Alex Jones and JJ Chalmers will present BBC One’s programming from the event as 72 people from the UK Armed Forces team compete in a series of sports in the fourth edition of the games in Australia.

Coverage begins on Friday, 19 October with a special preview show on BBC One, before the games themselves, which feature competition across 12 different sports, begin from Sunday, 21 October, to Saturday, 27 October.

There will also be a second series of observational documentary Without Limits on 17 and 24 October, following a team of injured British and Australian veterans embark on a 1000km expedition across Western Australia.

Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event that is open to all wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans.

Over 1,100 people registered their interest for the 72 UK team places and over 400 hopefuls were trialled for the squad.

Complimenting the BBC One coverage, additional highlights will be shown on the Red Button and BBC iPlayer throughout the week of the Games.

Alongside presenters Alex Jones and JJ Chalmers, former Great Britain wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown will return to his reporting role, alongside Paralympic swimming champion Liz Johnson and British Paralympian Stefanie Reid.

Commentary for the games this year will be provided by seasoned sports broadcasters Eddie Butler, Matt Chilton and Rob Walker, with sports including athletics, cycling, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and indoor rowing.

Speaking of her involvement in the BBC’s coverage, presenter Alex Jones said:

“It’s an absolute honour to have been asked to present the Invictus Games 2018 and I can’t wait to get to Sydney and learn more about all of the inspirational stories of the competitors.

“I’m so excited to be working alongside JJ Chalmers and to be right in the middle of the action. I think the games are going to be full of both humbling and inspirational moments not to be missed.”

Co-presenter JJ Chalmers, who competed in the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 before starting his career in broadcasting, added:

“Have no doubt – Invictus Sydney is going to be awesome! The Games changed my life so I live for the opportunity to help showcase them, especially as they continue to grow, educate, inspire and entertain.

“I cannot wait to share this amazing experience with Alex. If we are able to channel even a small bit of the energy and spirit of Invictus into people’s living rooms they’re in for an enjoyable and powerful watch.”

The BBC’s coverage of the event, produced by BBC Studios Factual Entertainment and Events, will also feature across its range of social media accounts, giving viewers a chance to get even closer to the action, as well as presenters and special guests, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

Claire Popplewell, the BBC’s editor for ceremonial events, said:

“In a few short years the Invictus Games have gone from a dream to a reality to a world-class sporting event.

“The BBC has been a key partner in the Games from the very beginning and we are proud to be in Sydney for the biggest and best Games ever, and as always giving BBC viewers in the UK the best seat in the stadium.”

For more details about the BBC’s Invictus Games coverage, visit the official website – bbc.co.uk/invictusgames.

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