University of Bath to host filming of BBC Olympic “Superstars”

The University of Bath has been chosen as the filming location for a one-off spectacular Olympic “Superstars” special to celebrate the successes of 2012. The event which will screen on BBC One as part of the Christmas schedule, will feature a trio of Bath-connected Olympians competing on the show – swimming silver medalist Michael Jamieson, a University student, as well as gold medal rower Helen Glover and judo silver winner Gemma Gibbon.

In total, sixteen of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes (eight men, eight women) will compete against their Team GB teammates in a dramatic and thrilling competition, as they vie to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars.

Spectators can apply for free tickets to watch the event from: www.applausestore.com  or emailing nicole.lucas@applausestore.com or call 0871 987 1234

The Event takes place on the 24th and 25th November 2012 with an age restriction of 12+ and as mentioned the tickets are completely FREE.

The athletes’ versatility and determination for the current series will be pushed to the max as they participate in eight different disciplines – the 100 metres and 800 metres,  javelin, a 50 metre swim, archery, a kayak race and a cycling hill climb. Their efforts will culminate in a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars gym tests.

The full line up is:

Alistair Brownlee, Olympic gold winner, Triathlon
Jonathan Brownlee, Olympic bronze winner, Triathlon
Mo Farah, Olympic double gold champion for 5,000 and 10,000 metres
Robbie Grabarz, Olympic bronze medal winner, High Jump
Michael Jamieson, Olympic silver medalist in 200 metres breast stroke
Anthony Joshua, Olympic gold winner, Boxing (Super Heavy weight)
Andrew Triggs Hodge, Olympic gold winner, Rowing (Coxless Four)
Peter Wilson, Olympic gold winner, Shooting (Double Trap)

Nicola Adams, Olympic gold medal winner, Boxing
Lizzie Armitstead, Olympic silver medal winner, Cycling (Road Race)
Laura Bechtolsheimer, Olympic gold and bronze medal winner, Dressage
Gemma Gibbons, Olympic silver medalist, Judo
Helen Glover, Olympic gold medal winner, women’s coxless pair
Katherine Grainger, Olympic gold winner, Double Skulls
Jade Jones, Olympic gold winner, Taekwondo
Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic silver medal winner, 400 metres

In addition, London 2012 bronze medalist, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, will also act as a mentor to all the athletes in the swimming event.

Superstars 2012 will be hosted by Gabby Logan who, fresh from her success as one of the faces of the BBC’s London 2012 coverage, will oversee the proceedings. She’ll be joined by former Olympians Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas. The Superstars 2012 games will be shot in front of an eager crowd at the University of Bath, which boasts state of the art sporting facilities. The grand finale will see the competitors battle in the historic setting of the city’s Assembly Rooms.

For further information contact the Team Bath Press Office at the University of Bath on (01225) 383518 or (01225) 443998 or 07831 755351 or e-mail press@matchtight.co.uk