8:00pm – Tuesday, July 24 on ABC1
It’s time to say goodbye and good luck to Libby, Drew, Michael, Grace, Ahmed and Ryley in this last episode of Race To London.
Ryley Batt and the Australian Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby team are in Korea to compete for the right to represent Australia in London. First up they play arch-rivals New Zealand. On cue they get into Ryley’s head causing him to foul and nearly causing an upset win. Ryley knows he has to do better and approaches the semi-final against Korea with greater composure. But Ryley may have more on his mind than winning after he re-injures his shoulder putting him in danger of not competing in the next match.
Grace Bowman’s last chance to qualify for the Para Equestrian teams is coming up, but her preparation is marred by Adelaide’s extreme heat. The last time we saw Grace she failed to impress judges as she struggled to communicate with her horse, Rolly. Grace has had to re-evaluate her whole approach and recognises that she needs to simplify her life and concentrate just on riding. Once again she travels across the country to her final event in Sydney, giving herself time to reflect on her life.
Drew Ginn and his rowing partner Josh have dominated the selection competition so far. Rowing Australia have made the momentous decision to build the prestigious boat of four around him, starting with Josh.
At the final selection trials in Sydney the search is on for the other two members of the team; rowers who can synchronise with the ‘old man of rowing’. After numerous combinations the selectors have made their decision and the boat of four is also going to London.
Michael Klim is philosophical – he gave it his best shot, and can look back on a great career, but family and business are now his priority.
Libby Trickett can’t believe she’ll be leaving to swim at her third Olympics, while Ahmed Kelly is booked to compete at his first Paralympics and is taking no chances by packing his case well in advance.