Sweat Season 1
Drama series about the students at an Australian school for the athletically-gifted.
An Umbrella Entertainment Exclusive, starring Academy Award Winner Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain) and Martin Henderson (The Ring, Everest) comes a drama series about the students at an Australian school for the athletically-gifted.
The pressure cooker world of competitive sports provides the setting for this exciting aussie teenage drama series. At the fictitious Sports West Academy, the gruelling routine of the career athlete provides a dynamic backdrop to the everyday loves and lives of our would-be Olympians.
The series revolves around eight talented young characters — runners, cyclists, swimmers and gymnasts — their successes and failures both as top athletes and all-too-human individuals. And of course there are their coaches, families, rivals, lovers and friends… and their quest for gold.
When Tom looses the 200m swimming contest in the County Championship, he blames everyone but himself: his coach, his girlfriend and his best friend Danny. Meanwhile, a new sponsor is interested in the Academy and a new face is welcomed: Nhon Huong Tran, aka Noodles.
Tom challenges new boy Noodle to a race. He wins and his confidence and honour is restored. What Tom doesn’t realise is that Noodle deliberately threw the race, knowing that Tom needed to win more than he did. In need of money for new equipment, Danny and Steve take on a series of risque jobs.
Monique’s temporary coach allows her to believe that he is in love with her and her diving improves radically. When she realises that it was all a ploy she is heartbroken.
The kids are holding a secret party to celebrate Stewie’s birthday. Noodle covers up for everyone when their curfew-breaking party is nearly discovered — and is welcomed as one of the gang at last. Monique makes a decision about her future at the academy.
Sandy’s old school friend, Robyn, now a major soap star, turns up at the Academy to film an episode. Sandy is forced to come to terms with the fact that Robyn cares for no-one but herself, and turns the tables on her. Tats is afraid of the direction her relationship with Tom is headed.
Stewie’s dad Ted, an ex-professional footballer, is enlisted to help persuade him to specialise. But Ted has his own agenda and Stewie finds himself having to decide whether he wants to stay at the Academy at all.
Danny is forced to confront the fact that he and his parents have neglected his younger brother Raph when Raph starts stealing from the Academy. In the process, he learns that Snowy is, truly, his best friend.
Tom and Jenny are teamed up for the Academy’s orienteering exercise. Disaster strikes when the two compete rather than cooperate and Jenny falls and sprains her ankle.
Snowy goes on a disastrous date with Sandy. Not only has he jeopardised his friendship with her, but when Danny finds out his best friend is gay he is totally unable to accept it.
When Danny tells the other kids Snowy’s gay, Snowy thinks his life at the Academy is over. It’s a painful experience, but he discovers that things are not as black and white as he thought.
When 10-year-old Leila is tricked into revealing Tats’ most intimate secrets on television she comes to the painful realisation that a top-class athlete isn’t entitled to a childhood.
When Sandy’s father is arrested for defrauding a children’s charity Sandy feels that, somehow, she’s to blame. In learning to come to terms with her father’s guilt, Sandy realises an inner strength.
After receiving a suspension for cheating on an exam, Evie’s future at the academy is in doubt when she contemplates leaving school entirely. Without her scholarship, Evie gets a job with the local newspaper so she can continue her training. When the school thugs decide to beat up Snowy at the combined school Academy dance, Danny finally realises where his true loyalties lie. He and Snowy clean up, a team again.
Tom performs brilliantly when he stands in for an injured member of the elite Aussie swim team. The Academy kids are thrilled for him — until Tom starts to believe his own publicity and becomes a pain.
Sandy makes a stand against sexploitation on the track by refusing to wear the sexy new running gear the Academy sponsors have supplied.
It’s coming up to a crucial meet and Snowy is behaving totally out of character. Neither Chris, his coach, nor Danny can understand it. Tom anticipates an invitation to join the national swim team. Alex asks Sandy out on a date. Noodle and Evie realise they may be better suited to just being friends.
Don is very smug about his latest coup. He’s managed to secure the services of a former Russian Olympic track and field coach.
Danny and Snowy are competing in a prestigious amateur bike race. Riding in a tightly-packed bunch, Danny pulls ahead of his main rival, Brett Pier, to the finish line but is unaware Brett has fallen and is seriously injured.
Tom has hit a plateau — the dreaded ‘wall’. His times are constant but they’re not improving. Tom lets off steam to his friend Jake who offers Tom a solution to his problems.
Tats and Tom are having problems again. Tom is acting weird and incredibly nervy and Tat can’t understand it. Danny and Stewie’s new girlfriends don’t turn out to be as they hoped.
Evie’s unable to hide the fact that she’s been fired from the Advocate. But her failure as a journalist is more than compensated for by a brilliant win at the state swim meet.
Tats is devastated when Leila beats her in the state open-age competition — an event Tats has dominated for years. Tats is forced to face the fact that her career is over.
Danny is over the moon when his hero, Australian two-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Novac, arrives to coach them — until Danny’s beaten in a road race by Snowy and forced to accept that he’s a sprinter and will never be Yellow Jersey material.
Noodle meets a beautiful art student and decides art school has a lot more to recommend it than a sporting career — until Sid proves to him that he really does want to win after all.
Sandy is sure she’s pregnant and has to decide whether she wants to have the baby and give up her career or have an abortion. Tats is offered a job as Jenny’s assistant. But does she really want to stay on at the Academy?
Tom takes the gold and Noodle the silver in the Nationals. Everyone’s thrilled until Tom produces a positive drug test result. With her career as a gymnast over, Tats finds a new passion.