Karen Tighe

ABC SPORT presenter Karen Tighe is leaving the ABC to focus on her health. She has been with the network 35 years.

Tighe joined ABC Television in the late 80s spending her first eight years as a sports researcher, broadcaster and presenter covering golf, tennis, netball and cycling. In 1997 she moved to radio and became the host of the national weekend sports program Grandstand which she has presented ever since.

The role saw Tighe cover four Olympic and six Paralympic Games for television as well as swimming, basketball and netball World Championships. She was also host of ABC TV’s coverage of the tennis Hopman Cup from 1994 to 2010. Tighe became the first person to win a Sport Australia Media Award twice. In February 2020 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Australia Media Awards in Sydney.

Tighe wraps up on Summer Grandstand this weekend.

Karen Tighe Photo: Anthea Auld