Young Swimmer Struggles With His Sexuality In Australian Drama Series “Barracuda”

Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) is diving into the world of gay swimmers with an emotional new drama about a swimmer coming to terms with his sexuality while training to be the next great Olympic swimmer.

Barracuda is based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas and airs in four parts.

Here’s the show’s description:

Melbourne 1996. The Golden Age of Australian swimming is beginning and a scholarship to an exclusive boys school brings 16-year-old Danny Kelly one step closer to his ultimate goal – winning Olympic gold.

Initially, Danny struggles to find his place in the prestigious social circles of the private boys school. However under the charge of highly regarded coach Frank Torma and a friendship/rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor, Danny is soon on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the unstoppable Barracuda.


Soon, everyone has a stake in Danny’s success and as he swims closer towards gold, he finds himself being drawn into a world where the only thing that matters is winning. When he gets his shot at victory, with all of Australia watching – can the ‘Barracuda’ live up to everyone’s expectations and realise his dream?”

Watch the trailer below: