STAGING The Road to Tokyo 2020 - British Rowing

The Road to Tokyo

The Road to Tokyo is a compelling behind-the-scenes documentary into the teamwork and commitment of the elite Olympic and Paralympic rowing squads. The three, 30-minute episodes follow the GB Rowing Team and tell the athletes’ stories as they strive for selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Episode 1 – Attitude and Altitude

The 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz have just finished, and not all boats are yet qualified for Tokyo 2020. Six months out from Olympic and Paralympic Trials there is a lot of work to do for the GB Rowing Team. From high-altitude training to mileage in boats, the team will go through rounds of testing and trialling to get the squad ready for one of the biggest years of their lives.


Episode 2 – Perspective

The final stages of selection are upon the GB Rowing Team as they prepare for the Olympics and Paralympics. They have remained focused on the task at hand despite news filtering in about a virus sweeping across the globe.

Just as the final Olympic Team is selected, the GB Rowing Team athletes are forced to contemplate what’s next as the COVID-19 pandemic forces everyone to re-evaluate priorities and figure out a way to stay focused on their goals.



Episode 3 – It’s Been A While

It’s close to two years since the GB Rowing Team raced at any competition and between now and the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, they may only have one race to get it right: the European Rowing Championships.

Not only is the pressure on to see if their training through lockdown has paid off but for many of the athletes, this may be their final chance to secure a place on the plane to Tokyo.

While some familiar faces have departed the squad, there is one surprise addition with the return of double Olympic Gold Medallist, Helen Glover.