Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aussie TV Series About Gay Swimmers Based on Real Life Closeted Olympians

ABC TV in Australia has a new four-part drama Barracuda, airing on Sunday nights. The series is based on the novel by author Christos Tsiolkas. The book and the TV series deal with issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, race and culture. Tsiolkas shares that the story has been a passion of his since Australian swimmer Daniel Kowalski came out as a gay man in April 2010.

Olympic medal-winning swimmer Daniel Kowalski [pictured above] didn’t feel comfortable enough with his sexuality to come out to his closest friends and family until three years after retirement from elite competitive sport. His struggle was at the forefront of Tsiolkas’ mind when he sat down to write Barracuda, as were the rumours swirling around a then still-in-the-closet Ian ThorpeREAD MORE