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Channel 4 documentary follows nine GB athletes in run-up to Paris Games

Channel 4 documentary follows nine GB athletes in run-up to Paris Games

The National Lottery has joined forces with Channel 4 to allow a peek behind the scenes as stars such as Keely Hodgkinson, Hannah Cockroft and Josh Kerr approach the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris

Some of Britain’s biggest track and field stars will be heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris this summer with Channel 4 cameras following their preparations and training. Two fly-on-the-wall documentaries, in partnership with The National Lottery, will provide a unique insight into the journey these athletes take and the sacrifices they make to be able to compete for Olympic or Paralympic gold.

Nine athletes will allow fans a behind-the-scenes peek of what it takes to succeed at the very highest level of the sport. Episode one will follow four athletes that all have the dream of becoming the next Olympic champion in track and field, while episode two will shine a spotlight on five outstanding Paralympians as they set out on a mission to light up the stadium in Paris.

The series will explore what it takes to be a professional athlete heading to an Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each athlete has a unique story to tell, and the series will follow their gruelling training sessions, championship battles and the challenge of trying to qualify for the Games.

Viewers will be introduced to the high-performance support environment, enabled by National Lottery players, including coaches, nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists. This team that sits behind every National Lottery-supported elite athlete will give a unique insight into the mentality and physicality of an elite sportsperson fighting to represent their country.

The nine athletes set to take part in the documentary are just some of the over 1,000 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme. They are:

  • Hannah Cockroft
  • Keely Hodgkinson
  • Josh Kerr
  • Morgan Lake
  • Nathan Maguire
  • Funmi Oduwaiye
  • Jonnie Peacock
  • Zak Skinner
  • Jake Wightman

Keely Hodgkinson, Olympic 800m silver medallist, said: “Getting to compete at an Olympic Games and representing your country is such a special feeling, but people watching from their TVs at home never see what it takes to reach the start line. National Lottery players have transformed Athletics and Para-Athletics in the UK but you don’t often see how that investment powers us to win. You don’t see the hours in the gym, the time spent with physiotherapists, nutritionists, strength and conditioning, and our coaches…

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