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My Life: Race for Rio



Executive Producer

Leonie Hutchinson


Shaun Fenton


"The lives of extraordinary children from across Britain"

Radio Times

Julie took part in the last Paralympics, and at only 13 she was the youngest team member on the Team GB Sitting Volleyball squad. But this year she’s taking the huge step to switch sports and begin competing as a sprinter. She has to acquire and learn to use a running blade – can she manage this difficult transition and get closer to her dream of competing in Rio?
Hattie really struggled to come to terms with losing the use of her legs; she thought her life was over. Discovering her talent for archery changed her life – but it’s far from easy. She’s been accepted on the Team GB Archery Development Squad, but to stay there she needs to keep improving her physical and mental strength. In her first competition at international level will she be able to hold her nerve and shoot a personal best?
Reece is at the start of his Paralympic journey. He has cerebral palsy and never thought he’d be good at athletics, but then discovered a natural talent for running. He now wants to get spotted by UK Athletics’ selectors. His family are one hundred per cent behind him and his race to Rio – but at a UK Athletics talent spotting day will Reece perform well enough to get noticed?