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What is Born To Win?
Athletics legends Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell
Colin and Sally feature in the series

Everybody always asks where the next British sporting stars are going to come from.

The likes of David Beckham and Denise Lewis are not going to be around forever.

So in January this year the BBC stepped in and - with the help of a number of governing bodies - BBC Talent launched the UK's biggest ever search for new sporting stars.

As well as finding tomorrow's champions, Born To Win is aimed at encouraging young people of all abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

It's a serious sports competition that was opened up to 16 to 18 year olds from across Britain and Northern Ireland who weren't already paid professionals.

But it wasn't easy! There was sweat and tears over a number of selection processes, including aptitude and physical tests and trials in Loughborough.

And so, after plenty of head scratching, particularly from show mentors Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell, it got down to 10 boys and 10 girls.

The competitors have been jetted out to the stunning surroundings of St Anton in Austria where they will compete in a number of physical and mental events.

You can follow what happens in the six shows being screened on BBC One in September.

And who says dreams don't come true? The top girl and boy win individually tailored bursaries to help them realise their goal of achieving sport stardom.

Many sporting greats such as athlete Roger Black and footballer Ian Wright only fulfilled their potential when they were in their mid-teens to early 20s.

It is Born To Win's ambition to identify and capture some of this talent at a much younger age.

So get ready to be introduced to some of Britain's top young stars.

And, who knows, they could soon be conquering the sporting world!

Born To Win starts on BBC1 on Saturday 27th September at 5.30pm


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