Race to London screens 8pm, Tuesdays on ABC1
Created by Dream TV’s Mark Patterson (Producer) and Kay Pavlou (Series Producer/Director), the TV series is the first to come out of The FACTory; a $2.1 million joint initiative between the ABC and SAFC aimed at developing original ideas for factual programs produced out of South Australia and airing on ABC1 prime time.
Race to London follows six Aussie athletes in the year leading up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games “where dreams will be made or shattered”.
The Olympic hopefuls include swimmers Libby Trickett (27) and Michael Klim (35), rower Drew Ginn, Paralympic swimmer Ahmed Kelly (19), (37), Para-equestrian Grace Bowman (21) and wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt (22).
Presented over six half-hour episodes with the first having aired on Tuesday 19 June on ABC1, Race to London reveals the hopes and aspirations, as well as the personal sacrifices and gruelling training regime of athletes whose number one ambition is to be selected for the Australian team.
Libby Trickett, former darling of Australian swimming and triple Olympic gold medallist who although retired from the sport with enough trophies to satisfy the most ferocious competitor can’t quell her desire to compete at just one more Olympics!
First time Paralympic swimming hopeful, Ahmed Kelly, born in Bagdad with limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare takes a nail biting roller coaster of highs and lows to the 2012 selection trials where it all comes down to one race.
Former “Oarsome Foursome” member, Drew Ginn, won his third Gold medal with a smashed spinal disc. By all rights he should not even be in a rowing a boat let alone aiming for his 4th Olympics.
Retired golden boy of the pool and member of the victorious Sydney Olympic relay team Michael Klim put everything he loves and has worked for at risk to make a comeback?
After a riding accident that left her a paraplegic at 12, and the death of both parents before the age of 21, Grace Bowman is no stranger to challenge, but keeping her new horse, Rolly, healthy and calm as they travel around Australia to earn the precious points that will enable her to compete in London is one of her toughest challenges yet.
With a reputation for being the fastest man on wheels and the most dominant wheelchair rugby player in the world, Ryley Batt breathes fear into his opponents and is key member of the Australian Wheelchair Paralympics Team who aims to make it to London to beat their nemesis – the Americans.
Race to London screens over six episodes:
Episode 1: Tuesday June 19 at 8pm on ABC1
Episode 2: Tuesday June 26 at 8pm on ABC1
Episode 3: Tuesday July 3 at 8pm on ABC1
Episode 4: Tuesdays July 10 at 8pm on ABC1
Episode 5: Tuesday July 17 at 8pm on ABC1
Episode 6: Tuesday July 24 at 8pm on ABC1
Visit abc.net.au/ for more information.