Swimming for Gold (2020) - full transcript

When Claire Carpenter's dad sends her to Australia to coach an elite boys swim team, Claire finds herself face to face with long-time rival Mikayla Michaels, and the news that the camp will...

Carpenter is
an exceptional swimmer.

It's no wonder she has fans
all over the world.

Big things are on the cards
for this American sweetheart.

Her coach is also her dad
and a former Olympian.

He said that he's very proud.

Claire Carpenter
does her patented flip turn

and heads into the final lap.

She's won the gold!

She's one of the most exciting
swimmers on the American team

and it's easy to see why.

Claire Bear?


Oh, gosh.


- We need to talk.

- I'll be in for ice cream
at 3:00.


Oh my god.


Ugh, an all-boys team?

Taking time off did not mean
months of endless napping.

But I love naps.

Yeah, a little too much.

Listen, they need help
preparing for the Nationals.

OK, the top finishers,
they're Olympic qualifiers.

You know firsthand
how important that is.

Cool, and what now?

- OK. Well, it's in Brisbane.
- What?

Isn't that where
Mikayla trains?

You're not going to see her.

You're gonna have your own
suite in the coaches' quarters.

Hey, this is gonna be fun.

I'm having plenty of fun here.

Little too much.

Sweetheart, you haven't done
anything since the last meet.

That was three months ago.

Disturbing news from the
world of Olympic swimming,

where America's sweetheart
Claire Carpenter

has gone viral.

After refusing to race,
we attempted to interview her

and... well, see for yourself.

Can you explain why
you refused to swim back there?

Looked like you were afraid
of the water.

No cameras.


Stop laughing!

While video of the incident has
gained over 12 million views,

Claire Carpenter has dropped
out of sight.

Begging the question,
will she ever swim again?

- I sent apology letters.
- And that was a great start.

You know what? I know it can
be scary to face your fears,


I know that you can get back
in the water.

I just need a break.

♪ I'd like to tell you
how I really feel ♪

♪ I'd like to show the world
that I'm the exception ♪

♪ I'd like to tell you
how I really feel ♪

♪ I'd like to show the world ♪

♪ That I can be different ♪

♪ Just give me a reason ♪

♪ And I'll burn you

♪ All the way ♪

♪ I'd love to show the world
how I'm made ♪

♪ I'm done with all your
lessons and your planning... ♪


So you're going to be picked up
by car from Brisbane Airport,

dropped off at the camp...

where you will be met by
Coach Bodhi.

Coach Bodhi?

Yeah, he's...

He's a guy I used to
train with.

He's recently adopted some
rather unorthodox methods.

Anyway, you got a month
till the meet

and I think that's gonna be
just enough time

to right the ship.

- Well, as long as I don't
see her.

- You are there to coach,
not compete.

So I guess this is it.

Proud of you for doing this.
Your mom would be too.

Would she?

Sometimes I forget
what she even sounded like.

Well that can happen
after ten years.

OK, give me a hug.

Come here.


- Healthy snacks only!
- That's the beauty of a break.

Oh, hey, almost forgot.

Yeah? To replace the ones
Mikayla stole.


OK, well...

Call me if you need anything.


Hey, do you know where the...

Oh, thank you so much.

That's great.

Hello? G'day?


Good day.

Can I help you?

Yeah, I'm looking for
a Bodhi Coachy.

I mean coach... Coach Bodhi.

Come on.
I know where to find him.

Yeah, he has trouble with
things like time and...

space for that matter.

Yeah, well I heard
the training methods here

are a little... different.

Don't worry. Girls' team,
they've got their act together.

And the boys?

Their captain does the best
that he can.

It's just up here.

Brace yourself.


Not now, Liam.

I'm on the verge of
a winning mantra.


like the rattlesnake.

The mouse will come to you.

Yes, that's a winning mantra!

I'm Claire.


Calvin's daughter.

Oh! Calvin Carpenter.

Best back 50
in a 200 individual medley

I've ever seen--
What time is it?

Oh, I'm sorry, time...

flies when you're
manifesting success.

I need to write that down.

I'll leave you to it.

- Bye, Liam.
- Bye.

"...success." OK.

Claire Carpenter!



- Oh.
- Oh.

That's a bit low.

Welcome... to Sundale.

Go, Sundale.

Let's go. This way.

So excited to have you here.

Ask and the universe
shall provide.

Morning, Stefan.
No running in the hallway.

Yes sir.

I am grateful the stars have
aligned for your visit.

The boys aren't quite grasping

any of my motivational

Yeah, what techniques
are you using?

The very latest.

Positive affirmation,
visualisation, connectedness.

I'm surprised
that isn't working.

Me too. I can't...

I can't bear to think of these
kids without a team.

If we don't win at Nationals,
we lose our sponsor.

Emu Milk.

And the camp will close.

Oh, want some help?

Oh, thank you.

Oh. Good morning. No running.

Are these the coaches'

There was a tiny...
massive leak.

So you're in the girls' dorm
now. Whoo-hoo!

Party. Pillow fights.

There's your bed and...

there's your desk and...

- Uh...

I was promised my own room.

The sky promises rain...

yet there are deserts.

This is the only available bed.

OK. I guess I'll make it work.

- Mikayla Michaels?
- Claire Carpenter?

I cannot live with her.

I have a rigorous training
schedule and this disruption...

What is she even doing here?

I'm coaching.

Coaching what? Your ego?

Coaching future champions,
something you'll never be.

I championed all over you
last time.

- Oh come on.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Feel the energy.

Visualise a friendship
blossoming between you.

If you can imagine it...

you can will it into reality.


That doesn't make any sense.

Or does it?

You have an extra centimetre?

- Happy?
- Not really.

- Hey!
- What now?

We'll need to agree
on some rules.

They'll have to do for now.

That counts as conversation.

Thank you.

Oh, my god! Oh, my god!

They told me you were here

but I thought they were
playing a joke on me,

like when they told me
a tidal wave was coming here.

So I wore a life-vest
for a week.

But you're not like that
tidal wave, you're real.

Remember to breathe.

I'm Annabelle Shumpert.

Is that a name or a condition?

President of the Australia
Branch of the Claire Army.

I'm a Claire Bear for life.

I am your biggest fan.

Like, I know there's
that one fan in Belgium

who says she's the biggest
but she's lying

and I will fight her.

It was nice to meet you,

but I haven't eaten
since the plane, so...

Follow me.

Move! Claire Carpenter
coming through.

So, cafeteria's only open
at mealtimes

but you can get snacks
whenever you want.

Oh and don't forget, three
daily servings of Emu Milk.

Your emus make milk?

Not exactly.

I wouldn't look into it
too deeply.

Maybe we should just focus on

and not talking.

Yeah. Yeah. We should.



So, where have you been
the last two months?

Do you like Australia?

Are you gonna swim for us?

Does that mean you have
dual citizenship?

Do you have a secret
Australian sister? Is it me?

Could it be me?

Can I be... Could it be?

Amy, right?

It's Annabelle. It's fine.


I'm just going to take this
to my room.

Just... I'm so tired.

Oh, yeah. Yeah,
makes sense. Yeah.

- Wanna high five?
- Sorry.

Yep, it's fine.

We attempted to
interview her and...

Well, see for yourself.

It looked like you were afraid
of the water?

No cameras.


Cooper! Bro, you're
not even listening.

I'm totally lost
on this new map.

Not as lost as this girl
I met this morning.

A girl?

Yeah, some American.

And what's she doing here?

Swimming with the girls' team,
I guess.

Is she cute?

Ooh-la-la, Liam's in love!

I can't afford
to get distracted.

Maybe your parents
will lighten up.

Oh, yeah. Not until
I'm Dr. Liam Henderson.

Of course, bro, it won't matter
if the camp closes.

If the camp closes,
I'm gonna be a full-time gamer.

- Is that right?
- Mm-hmm.

Well, until then...

...we got practice. Let's go.

I'm sorry, but who steams
their swimsuit?

Some of us like
to look our best.

Well, it's just gonna get wet.

Yours managed to stay dry.

Alright, well, try not to steal
anything while I'm gone.


They say that in America,

Anyway, I was thinking -

so, an athlete of your stature
has so many obligations.

You know, like autographs and
endorsements and award shows.

Where you going with this?

Maybe, like,
I should be your, um...



A little bit?

Yeah, you know, I guess
I could use an intern.


Alright, first order of

show me where the boys practice.

Swimmers, gather round.

Come in, come in.


As you know, Nationals are
less than four weeks away

and we've got to be
one with the water

and centre ourselves mentally.

To help us with
the final mile,

I've expanded our collective

to include
another passionate coach.

Oh, here we go.

And who better than another

who won two gold medals at the
last World Championships?

She's one of America's
top athletes.

Give it up
for Claire Carpenter.




Oh! Um... Catastrophe Claire!

So... some of you
have heard of me.

No cameras. No cameras.

I just want to say

that I'm excited to get to know
each and every one of you

and help out with training.

Yeah, help out with training!

And with that I'll introduce
our team captain,

Liam Henderson.

- I didn't realise.
- You're...

That's right.

You two have already met.

Silly me!


- ...how would you like to start?
- Come on?

She doesn't even swim anymore.

She's still swims. You swim.

Right? Don't you?

Yeah, of course. I swim.

I'm just on a break but...

It doesn't mean
that I can't coach.

Can't take this seriously.

Look, I'm sorry but...

I don't think
this is a good idea.


I'm so sorry. I didn't mean...

It's OK. I'll handle
the rest of practice.

Catastrophe Claire
strikes again!

- Charlotte by the bushes.

Harriet right flank,
Jamie left.

Zoe and Chloe by the trees.

- The Eagle's in flight.
- Places everyone!

Oh, Claire Army Field Manual
Rule number 17...

if at first you don't succeed--



Sweetheart, how are ya?

Dad, I want to come home. Now.

Yeah, listen, you know,
this whole thing

can be daunting
at first but...

- Dad, Dad...
- ...I know you got this.

The boys won't listen to me
and the girls all hate me.

And I'm sure you can
win them over.

Nobody wants me here, Dad.

Please, just book me
a flight home, OK?

- Listen...
- You know, I'll be fine.

It's fine. I'll see you
in a month. Bye, Dad.

Catastrophe Claire
strikes again!

You don't want me here?


Is my Uber here?

I think you were dreaming.

Yeah, I was...

and it was glorious.

Breakfast is almost over.

You're gonna miss it.


So, breakfast is the most
important meal of the day.

That's right at the top of the
Claire Army Field Manual.

Annabelle, please.

Just leave me alone.

Don't let the water balloons
bother you.

They're the traditional welcome
for every new swimmer.

Although Mikayla really took
this one to the next level.

Of course.
Mikayla was behind this.

Just give me
ten more minutes, OK?

I get it.

We can nap for a little bit.

- Oh!


It is the key
to true enlightenment.

I'd really love it
if you would enlighten the boys

on your journey.

Our journey...

to the Nationals.

Yeah, I really don't think
that's a good idea.

They really need you.

We really need you.

You remind me of your mum.

She gave me some great
sage coaching advice once.

I still use it.

"For it is in the giving
that we receive."

Come on.

So, they're good boys.

They work hard.

Strokes are good.

They listen.

It's just not quite

my motivational techniques.

So I was thinking that--
Cooper move your arm.

I was... What? Oh.

So I was thinking,

I'd really like to see how
you practice in the States.

Listen up, everyone.

Claire's going to be
running practice today.

Well, when you win gold,
you can start coaching. OK?


Yeah, OK. Um...

Start with some laps.

How many? What stroke?

Lots of whatever
makes you happy.

Happiness is so important.

Sweet! Doggy paddle for me!

Yeah. Go with that.

For a truly effective practice,

you just have to find
your comfort zone.

Ah, very good, Claire.

Why not go over
something... useful?

Like your famous
flip turn technique.

Thought you couldn't learn
from someone who doesn't swim.

You know, when I first
met you, I thought...

You thought what?

I had a different impression,
that's all.


Alright, everyone,
party time's over.

Let's get started.

- Claire!

The girls wanted to--
Hey, great robe!

Is that terry towelling?

I like Egyptian cotton

but you've gotta be careful
with sheets.

Grandma says they rip you off
with thread count

if you're not careful.

OK. What do you want,

Oh, right.

The girls wanted to apologise
about the water balloons.

- Mikayla made us do it.

We're juniors
and she's a senior, so...

We're not mean.


I'll talk to her.

- Marco?
- Polo!

- Marco?
- Polo!

- Marco?
- Polo!

And... what is this
teaching them?

- Underwater acoustics.
- Ah.

Helps with spatial sense
in the swim lane.

Oh... Yes.

- Marco?
- Polo!

- Polo.

Duck, duck...

duck, duck

duck, duck...


Is this really how you
practice in the States?

Yeah, totally.
Helps with team building.

Hmm. Ah, good.

Hey... coach.

How you doing?

Can I go back to my dorm room?

I have to, uh...


Helps with hand-eye

Wait. Really?

Oh, thanks coach.



♪ And we're lazing around
forever together ♪

Be outta here in no time.

You're only just waking up?

Breakfast is over-rated.

That was lunch.

Oh, man, really?

I was really looking forward
to those tater tots.

Rule number six,
"Pick up after yourself."

Rule number 13, "My side
of the room is my business."

There's gotta be an exception

when your mess starts
attracting bugs to our room.

Agree to disagree.


someone's in better spirits.

I've been trying
to contact you.

Yeah, I've been at practice.


Still feeling homesick?

Nah, I can stick it out.
It's fine.

Well, what's created
the shift in attitude?

Well, you know, I figured that
I could just sit and do nothing

just as easily at this pool
as the one at home.


Speaking of which, I should get
to my lounge chair. Bye, Dad.


Yeah, of course
I've been studying.

Look, Dad, I'm already
late for practice, OK.

Let's just discuss this later.

Oh! Hey!

- Quiet time.
- Quiet time.

Come on, come on,
come on, come on!

We need to talk.

What are you doing
in my office?

You should really
make an appointment.

What's going on here?

I know what it looks like
but Claire explained everything.

We must love our sport,

love swimming,
to be the best at it.

Claire is reminding us
to love the pool.

Is that so?

It's important to keep
the passion alive.

Claire, you can hear
what I have to say right now

or in private - it's up to you.

Is he always like this?


I guess the umbrella's
not the only thing

throwing shade today, is it?

- You're making us worse.
- That's debatable.

No, it's not.

Claire, our average 100-metre
freestyle time has gone up

since you got here.

- OK.
- I care about my team. OK?

We were just having
a little fun.


Claire, you used to be one of
the best swimmers in the world.

Did you have fun like this
when you were training?

Really training.

I know my team.

They may be having fun now

but if they don't
show up to compete,

they are going to
hate themselves the next day.

If there's going to be a camp
next year, then we need to win

and that means
beating the best of the best.



if you don't want
to be here, then...

you should probably just go.

You guys don't want me here
either, so, I'll talk to Bodhi.

It's cool.

Hiring you was just...

another one of Bodhi's
crazy ideas.

You don't think I have what it
takes to coach the boys?

That's not--

No, you guys didn't even
give me a chance.

So you want coaching?

You got it.

Sorry to interrupt.

But we need to enter
into phase two.

I'm loving this energy.

OK. So here's what
I'm thinking.

I can take care of the
day-to-day coaching

if you do the really
important work -

visualising victory
and channelling holistic eating.

Visualising victory,
channelling holistic eating.

Tick, tick.

Yeah, and that,
that is a great start.

But if we're going to

will something this big
into existence,

we need 24/7 focus.

Yes, we do, 365, or 366
on a leap year, but 365.

Yeah, so you can just be

channelling positive energy
through meditation

and growing fresh produce
for the team.


It'll be fresh.
It'll be fresher than fresh.

- I love that.
- It'll be so fresh

you won't even know that it's

It'll be... Shh.

Mm-hmm. Yep.


See ya.

Oh, how'd I do?

I beat my time, I just know it.


Oh... um... I didn't time you.


That's OK. I'll just...

summon up all my energy
and do it again.

Sorry, I've...

I've got a lot on my mind.


Yeah, her too.

Oh, it's Elsa Chang, isn't it?

Would you believe I've lost to
her by one-tenth of a second,

three separate times?

She's like the Tonya Harding
of teen swimming.

I need real focus
for this meet...

and rooming with Claire
isn't helping.


have you tried
being nice to her?

You know, my grandma
always used to say,

"Catch more koalas with
eucalyptus than with a net."

We had to put her in a home.

But you know, you get it,

Where's your team swimsuit?

- Go!
- Sorry.


♪ Sometimes you've gotta
get it out of your system ♪

♪ Sometimes you've gotta
get it out of your head ♪

♪ You've got the music playing
louder and louder ♪

♪ Don't bring it down
Just turn it up instead ♪

♪ Everybody to the left ♪

♪ Everybody to the right ♪

♪ Just dance
Dance it out ♪

♪ Just dance... ♪

That's more like it.

♪ Dance it out
Dance dance it out ♪

♪ Dance dance it out... ♪

You wanted to see me,
ma'am, sir.

I'm promoting you...

from intern...

to assistant.

I don't know what to say.
I just...

So many people have helped me
get to this point

- and I'd just like to...
- Just follow my lead.

OK. Come on, you can do this,

You're late.

I thought--

Fall in!

It's been brought to my

that training has been too easy.

I thought we were tapering.

Yeah, that was a test.

I wanted to see if any of you
actually wanted to train.

You all failed, by the way.

So from now on I'm going to be
training you

whether you like it or not.

I'll be turning you
into swimmers of iron.

Doesn't iron sink, though?

OK, we have a joker do we?

Get in the water and swim
butterfly until I say stop.

Is she for real?


As for the rest of you,
join him.

If one of you is late,
everyone's late.

what about Coach Bodhi?

From now on...

I'm the only coach.

Let's go!

Come on, Captain!

That's it. Move! Move!

♪ Feel the pain I only gain ♪

♪ Red hot blood running
through my veins... ♪

Butterfly! Let's go!

♪ Hurricane ♪

♪ Mind sharp
like a razor blade ♪

♪ I'm a knockout
Knockout ♪

♪ There's no doubt... ♪

Pick it up!

♪ I'm a champion! ♪

That was... almost adequate.

Go home and get some rest.

I'll see you today at
two o'clock. Not three.

For real?

This is how you win

Anyone got a problem with that?

Rumour has it,

Elsa Chang is the new
spokesmodel for Emu Milk.

Oh, that doesn't
bode so well for us.

Yeah, well, supposedly she's
in the best shape of her life.


And here am I just worrying
about that American slob.

Claire's never been
to Australia before.

Maybe it's culture shock.

Yeah, watching us drive on the
left must be so traumatising!

I thought you said it looked
like an episode of 'Hoarders'.

She even swept.

Maybe you were
wrong about her.

♪ Keep shakin' it ♪

♪ Keep shakin' it ♪

Let's go.
Move! Move! Move!

♪ Work it, girl
Keep shakin' it ♪

♪ Keep shakin' it ♪

Faster! Faster!
Let's go! Move!

Move those pretty faces!

Come on, Liam. Faster.

♪ Move it, bounce ♪

♪ Make it, hot... ♪

♪ Show me what you got... ♪

You wanted coaching, Liam?
You got it.

♪ Keep shakin' it ♪

♪ B-b-b-b-b-b-b
Bounce, bounce, bounce ♪

Jorgensen, five minutes early
is ten minutes late.

That's two kilometres.

Dad, seriously,

I still have top marks.

Oh, you can't mean that?

Hey, sorry if I'm late. You can
add that to our penalty laps.

You OK?

Yeah, don't worry.
I'm ready to practice.

Must you?



You know, you're not exactly
Little Miss Silence either.

I'm responding to my fan mail.
Remember when you had fans?

Even the depleted Claire Army
can beat the Mikayla Not-Many.

And I still have plenty of fans!

Who sends snail mail anyway?

People who appreciate

and the intimacy of a letter.



Some of my fans
have made mistakes.

Haven't we all?

You do realise
it's September, right?

Who keeps their New Year's


I literally can't move anything.

I'm never gonna be on
the Twitch stream tonight.

Coop... our stroke rate
is improving.

Dude, if we can maintain
and hold this speed,

then we should be able
to get the 100 metres

in just under 50 seconds.

I never thought I'd say this,
but I miss Coach Bodhi.

Alright, I'll admit...

Claire is a little harsh.

A little?

She's a monster.

With a little whistle!

Two champions
neck and neck,

both refusing to give up,
arms tiring,

brows sweating, but still,
they still got it.

Still got it.

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

Hi, Dad.

So, you making friends?

I'm making winners.

OK, so you're coaching.

Yeah, I'm whipping them
into shape.

That's good.

Listen, you be careful
you don't go too hard,

you know, coaching is not just
about physical exercises.

Look, you don't wanna
run them into the ground.

Run them into the ground.
Got it.

- Yeah, that's not what I said.
- Bye, Dad.

I said--

Congratulations. You survived.

See you all tonight at 9 p.m.

for our first round of
night sessions.

You're being serious?

I'm just saying for us,
we've had enough.

We should be tapering.

We should be getting ready
for the championship.

- Cooper.
- What?

I'm speaking for
the team this time.

I'm sorry, but we're not
training anymore.

Yeah, I did this
exact program myself

and it made me a better swimmer.

Then why don't you get in
the water and you show us?

You want me to swim? Fine.

See? See? Let's go.

Claire, are you OK?

What do you care?

You really have a phobia
about water, don't you?

Just... didn't want
to get my hair wet.

Look, I'm sorry
about the guys.

Just give it some time.
They'll come around, I promise.

Yeah, I don't care.

I'm done with the sport anyway.

Be a shame to lose
such an amazing coach.

I don't need your flattery.

I'm not trying to flatter you.
I'm being serious.

Your methods are helping.

They hate me.

You don't need to prove
anything to them, OK?

Maybe there's a middle ground

between being a boot camp
sergeant and a beach bum?

It's just a thought.

Come on, Claire.


Hey, you know I cancelled
the night swims, right?


I just like to come out here
and chill.

Look up at the stars.

Don't tell the guys
I said that.

Yeah, you can trust me.

I assume you're not
going to get in the water.

I mean, I want to...
more than anything.

So why not?

It's OK. You can trust me too.

Yeah, well, you heard about
my freak-out at the swim meet...


It's pretty hard to avoid.

Well, I had a water-skiing
accident right before that.

I ended up in the hospital.

Is that why you're
afraid of water?

I'm not afraid of the water.

I'm afraid of drowning.

When I wiped out, I hit my head
and I was stuck under the water

and then I couldn't tell
which way was up.

Claire, that...

must have been terrifying.

Yeah, it was.

After that, I thought that I
might never get to the Olympics.

What if all that training
was for nothing?

Was that why
you started swimming?

To make the Olympics?


Not at first, at least.

You know...

when I'm in the water,
I just...

I just feel free.

I know it's just following
a black line but...

it's the best place
in the world.

Oh, my god. Are you kidding me?

Dear number 4981...

Wait up!

- I'm coming!
- Hey!

- Don't leave without me.
- Hey! Hey, wait up!

Hey, why didn't you
tell me about today?

I didn't think
you'd want to go.

What is Claire doing here?

This is for swimmers only.
No coaches.

- I invited her.
- Ooh!

Where are we going?

You'll see.

♪ I want it to last forever
now that we're together...♪

Time to introduce you
to an Aussie tradition.

How high is that?

About three metres,
give or take.


Don't worry. No-one's
going to make you jump.

Yeah. Hard pass.

I figured.

Well, let me know
if you change your mind.

Yeah! Whoo!



What are you doing?

Not sure what you're
referring to Mikayla.

Don't play dumb. Why are you
being nice to that girl?

I heard she's
torturing your team.


That's a pretty strong word,

Accurate, but strong.

Then why put up with her?

We're getting better.


Well, I should hope so.
The meet's in two weeks.

My squad will be ready.

Hope her coaching pays off.
The team depends on it.


Come on, Annabelle!
You got this!

Three, two, one...
- OK.


Oh, my gold, it's cod! Ooh!

Oh, I found you!

Thought you were
eaten by a dingo.

No such luck.

Want to talk about it?


Claire Army Field Manual
rule number 14,

"Don't be afraid
to ask for help."

Why do you believe in me?

Are you serious?

Because you're, like,
the queen of swimming.

Because you have
the greatest flip turn

the world has ever seen.

Because you've got, like, a
bajillion Instagram followers.

Stop me if this is too much.

Can I ask you something?

Hit me.

Do you like me?

Like, as a person.

Of course I do.

As a friend?

We're friends?

I mean, if we're not,
I don't think I have any.

I was happy being your
assistant but...

I'd like to be your friend.

Yeah, I'd like that too.

Can I be honest with you...

friend to friend?

I just don't recognise myself.

Like, when did I become
this disagreeable person?

Did something

All of a sudden,
you just stopped swimming.

Yeah, it's complicated.

You know...

my grandma always
used to say...

"It's not what happens to us
that defines us.

"It's how we handle it."

So, do friends hug?

- I pushed it, didn't I?
- Mm-hmm.

- Hey...

can we talk?

- Wanted to apologise--
- What?

Wait, what?

I know I haven't exactly
been the easiest to live with.

You've got a real knack
for understatement.

And I wanted to say
that I'm sorry.

I've been going through some...


That doesn't mean
I should take it out on you.

Well, I'm sorry for
the water balloon prank.

And I want you to know
that I forgive you...

for stealing my lucky goggles.

I never stole your goggles.

Oh come on. I saw you.

The Americas meet.

I went to go shower and put
my goggles in the locker...

saw you.

When I came back,
they were gone.

And so are my goggles.

I swear I never took them.

I remember that day.

As soon as you went
in to shower,

guess who else walked in.

Elsa Chang.

No! Why didn't you tell me?

Would you have listened?

That really messed with me.

After that, I lost the race
to Elsa and then...

I went water skiing
to clear my head.

I was awful to you
for no reason.

I haven't been much better.

Can we start over?

I'd like that.

At ease.

Guys, it's not a trick
this time. She means it.

Looking good! Keep it up.

Tim, remember
not to breathe flats to wall.

Nice, Cooper.

Mike, your dolphin kicks
were great

but your dive was too deep.


Great job, everyone. Nice work.

Who is this person?

She's our coach.





How was practice today?

I'm still one-tenth
of a second behind.

It's never easy
right before a meet, is it?

I just... I get so tense.

And if one thing's out of
place, it just throws me off.

Oh, yeah, I feel that.

Once I ran out of low-volume
conditioner right before a meet

and I freaked out

because I was convinced it would
change the drag on my swim cap.

No way!

Well, once, I came second

the day I had an omelette
for breakfast.


So I haven't had eggs
in two years.

My gosh.

Seriously, though.

I'm the most superstitious
swimmer you'll ever meet.

I just wish I could relax.

Yeah, maybe you should
try meditation.

Not that I'm suggesting
you go full Coach Bodhi, but...

What did you even
say to Coach Bodhi?

I told them that
I had a vision...

of him just visualising
victory for the boys

and growing produce for them.


That's so funny.

I reckon you'll get along
with the girls.


You should join us for dinner




Guys, I am so proud of you

and the hard work you've been
putting in.

So to finish off practice,
instead of ending with sprints,

let's end with a different kind
of competition.

So, whoever gets this
greased watermelon

to their end of the pool

gets to eat it.

It's mine, bro!

Great way to end practice,


You came!

- I brought cookies.
- Give them to me!

It is so good to be here.

Been spending way too much time
with the boys.

Yeah... with Liam.

I mean, he's... he's nice.

He is a stone-cold hottie.

Like, woah...

Like, woooah! Like...

I'll be right back.

Hey, Coops.

- Hey, Catastrophe Claire.
- Mmm.

I'll never live that down. Wow.

Shouldn't you be making
everyone laugh over there?

Nah. They're talking
about swimming... again.

You know, sometimes it's just
good to have a break.


I get it.

What do you reckon, Claire?

Are you gonna go back
to swimming?

Are you ever gonna
try it again, or...?

I mean, I don't know.

I've been training
and doing it my whole life.


It's been really nice
just being here.

And being normal.

You gotta do
what makes you happy.

Gotta do
what makes you happy.

- Alright. Thanks, Claire.
- Bye.



You're missing
a pretty cool night.

I spoke to my parents tonight.

They know the dean
of the medical school.

The day of the meet?

Just feels like...

my swimming career is over,
you know?

No, you love swimming.

I see it out there from you
every day.

Yeah, my parents
don't get that.

I just wish...

One of them had been
a swimmer, you know?

And then maybe
they'd understand.

Well, having an ex-Olympian dad
isn't much easier.

The constant pressure
to succeed.

It's better than
constant pressure to quit.


I don't want this camp to end.

It's been pretty great,
hasn't it?

Do you have to go back
to America?

Are you really going to
quit swimming?

Maybe some more...

I don't know.

Attention everybody!
Listen up!

I just received
an urgent communique

from the Claire Army
Field Office in Sydney.

This Claire Army thing
is really getting out of hand.

According to my source,

the Changs just posted new
personal bests in practice.

We'll be facing the fastest
qualifying times

in the history of Nationals.

You're supposed to tell me
things like this

before you just
say them to everyone.

They're just so fast.

I know, but when the waters
get rough, swimmers get tough.

You got this.

OK, guys, I know it's no fun
getting up this early

but I will do everything I can
to prep you.

So let's start off
with technique,

because you get enough endurance
training at team practice.

I will practice
every waking minute

if it helps me
beat Elsa Chang.

Start with a quick warm-up,
then show me those flip turns.

Looking good.

They can be better, though.

Let me explain how I do it.

So, basically, it's a corkscrew
twist off the wall.

You flip less as you turn and
then twist as you streamline.

just twist a split-second later,

it'll be even better.

Claire Field Army
Manual number five.

Early bird gets the fish.


So, do you think
I could join in?

Get over here.

Yeah, let's see those again.

Nice, Liam!

- That actually felt faster.
- Yeah, it looks faster.

Claire, thank you.

How was your
insanely early practice?

- It was good.
- Yeah.

I'm starving. You ready?

Yeah, I'll... Hold on...

I'm still waking up.

She worked us pretty hard

Ah... The things
we do for love.


Oi, dude!

- We're just friends.
- Yeah.

Follow your heart, bro.

Nah. Otherwise,
you're just wasting time.


149... 150.

Why are 150 push-ups
so much harder than 140?

Dawn practice was rough.

Morning was miserable and this
afternoon was excruciating.

Still on for early morning
practice tomorrow?

Oh, definitely.

So... how do you learn
to coach so well? Your dad?


But he says that he learned
everything he knows for my mom.

They sound like
awesome parents.

They are.

They were.

My mum passed away when I was

Claire, I'm... so sorry.

Can I ask what happened?

Yeah. Yeah, it was
a car accident.

And ever since then
it's just been me and my dad.

Swimming always kept us close.

Well, he must be
so proud of you.

The only reason why my parents
care about swimming

is because it gives them an
excuse to send me off to camp.

They leave for Bali
the minute I'm gone.

They haven't invited me once.

They've gotta recognise that
you're one of the best swimmers

in the country though, right?

I honestly don't know.

But I'm hoping if I keep
winning my meets,

then... then they'll
start watching me.

That's why I work so hard.

And hey, even if your parents
don't say it...

I know they care about you.

It's OK.

This club is my home.


I don't know what I'd do
if we lose it.

I'll do everything I can
to help you keep it.


I got some wheatgrass...

wheatgrass, wheatgrass.

Oh, oh, oh.

I've got wheatgrass...

Double shot!

- You got up early?
- Yep.

- To swim.
- Yep.

Is this following your heart,

This is maintaining my pride.

Yeah, besides, can't let
my roomie show me up.

Namaste. One for you.
One for you.

Come on, you know you want to.

Gonna win championships.

- OK.



Good to see you.

Why don't you start us off
with some laps?

I'm already regretting this.


Alright, everyone. Bring it in.

Alright. This is
our last practice.

So take the rest of today
to focus and just rest up.

I'm really proud of all of you

for your hard work
and dedication.

- Thanks, Claire.
- Thanks, Claire.

Now let's win tomorrow!

Claire, thank you.

This is the best prepared
we've ever been for a race.

And you know what?
If the Changs win,

at least we know
we gave it our best shot.

For ourselves, our team,
for the camp.

No, you'll beat them,
I know you will.

Just gotta believe in yourself.


Alright, well, I'm gonna
head back to my room.

I gotta organise...

I'll catch up with you later.

Do you want to...
do you want to go for a walk?

Yeah, sure.

Last practice at sundown, eh?

I'm really glad I came here.

Yeah, it was brave of you.

It could not have been easy

coaching a bunch of boys
in another country

but you made it work.

Claire, these are the fastest
times we've had.

Well, I had passionate,
dedicated swimmers.

Oh, well, thank you.

So your parents are letting you
swim tomorrow?

I worked it out.


some people never
find their passion.

And you have.

- You shouldn't give that up.
- It's not that simple.

You of all people
should know that.

Look, Claire,
don't get me wrong.

I have complete faith
you'll get back in the pool

and you'll dominate again.

I don't know.

I think my swimming days
are over.

And I think I'm OK with that.

For what it's worth...

I think you're the best coach
we've ever had.

I mean, we've only ever had
Coach Bodhi...

but still...

Well, that means a lot.

Hey, I wanted to ask you...

do you want to be
my girlfriend?

You... you know I can't
stay in Australia.


and gentlemen,

welcome to the National
Swimming Championships,

coming to you live
from Brisbane.

Jill Millions reporting live

from the National

...the premier qualif--

Shouldn't you be at the meet?
Is everything OK?

Relax, Dad. I'm here.

Just wanted to hear your voice.

Well, I've been on pins and

So, how's the team?

They've got a real chance.

Now it's just up to them
to seize it.

- No sign of the Changs yet.
- Oh my god, is that Nicole?

Hey, girls.
Are you swimming today?

Yeah. I am. Yeah, I'm in
the 50-metre breaststroke.

I just love you so much.

I watch all your YouTube
videos, like, all of them.

Hey, I've got to go and race

but good luck and swim fast
today, alright?

Oh my god. She touched me
on the arm!

- Focus!
- Ow. OK.

Come on.

But there's more than
competition on everyone's mind.

Rumour has it,

disgraced American swimmer
Claire Carpenter

has been coaching the team
from Sundale.

- Is that her?
- Wha... Where?

It's not funny, Brad.

I knew we'd find you here.

Do you realise how poorly
it reflected on us

when you didn't show up?

Dad, I have to swim today.


You must be the Hendersons?

Liam has told me
so much about you.

You must be so proud
of your son.

I've never seen anyone
work so hard.

He's the best swimmer
on the team.

And you are?

I'm Claire...

Hey, Claire!

Excuse me.

Hey, Bodhs.

I feel a strong energy
in the air.

I've done nothing but
visualise, believe, achieve.

I've been floating like
the sands from the Sahara

to the Nullarbor.

I've been at one
with the tree.

And like the petals of the
sunflower, they've blossomed.

The gold is ours.

Once I deliver one of my
patented motivational speeches,

of course.

Yeah, how about doing that
from the stands?

Just visualise them hearing you.

Visualise, believe, achieve.

That's a great idea.


Oh, sorry!

Claire Army
rule number six...

probably need a swimsuit--

Claire Army Field Manual Rule
number seven,

generously apply sunscreen.

Check. OK, Claire Army Field
Manual rule number--

Annabelle, stop.

But I haven't finished
my checklist.

Yeah, well, guess what -

worrying about all the rules
will slow you down.

You've got this!

You really think so?

I know so.

Now go get 'em.

Aye, aye, Captain Claire.

Aye, aye.

Breaststroke swimmers,

please report to your lane.

Oh my god!

OK, I'll be fine.

- You know...
- Just keep going. You got it.


Come on, Annabelle. Come on.

Come on, Annabelle! Come on.

In first place, JoJo Tam.

Second place,
Annabelle Shumpert.

Third place,
Kelly Son Hing.

Don't get down on yourself.

Are you kidding?

I came in second!

That's the spirit!

I'm so proud of you.

The best finish
before I had this was sixth.

It's like my birthday and
Christmas all rolled into one.

Annabelle, you just
put us in second place

in the team standings.

We have a real shot to win.

Uh, wha... what?

- Oh!
- Oh, oh. You OK? Hey!

report to your lanes.

♪ Gonna win the race ♪

♪ Never pause
You're super human ♪

♪ You're super human ♪

♪ Face is bursting
Feel the rush ♪

♪ Body aching
Final push ♪

♪ Time is ticking
Pressure's on ♪

♪ Stepping up
Game on ♪

♪ You're super human ♪

Only two races left.

If you guys both take first
we could win this.

There's just one thing
standing in our way.

Well... two things.

It's time
for our final men's race,

the 200-metre freestyle.

This is my last race.
I better make it count.

Just concentrate on
those flip turns.

♪ I always do ♪

♪ Until my heart
is black and blue ♪

♪ And I will stay ♪

♪ I will stay with you ♪

♪ We'll make it
to the other side ♪

♪ Like lovers do ♪

♪ I'll reach my hands out
in the dark ♪

♪ And wait for yours too... ♪

Hey. See you at
the finish line.

♪ I'll wait for you ♪

♪ I'm not giving up ♪

♪ I'm not giving up
Giving up on you ♪

♪ Even when I'm down on
my last breath... ♪

Clean start.

Henderson in lane four,
Chang in five, Bosny in six.

♪ I'm not giving up ♪

♪ I'm not giving up
Giving up on you... ♪

Chang leading the pack

with Henderson hot on his tail.

♪ I'm not going down
that easily ♪

♪ So don't give up on me ♪

♪ And I will hold... ♪

A nice flip turn
from Henderson there.

I tell you, it's
a real fight out front here

with Chang and Henderson.

That's it, that's it!

Chang is looking
strong here but can he hold on?

♪ I reach my hands out ♪

♪ In the dark
and wait for us to... ♪

♪ I'll wait for you ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm not giving up ♪

♪ I'm not giving up
No not yet ♪

♪ Even when I'm down
to my last breath ♪

♪ Even when they say
there's nothing left ♪

♪ So don't give up on ♪

♪ I'm not giving up ♪

♪ I'm not giving up
Giving up no not me ♪

♪ Even when nobody else
believes ♪

♪ I'm not going down
that easily ♪

♪ So don't give up on me... ♪

Can Henderson
do it? It's neck and neck.


♪ I will fight for you ♪

- Did he win?
- Yes, he won!

And in first place
we have Liam Henderson,

second Richard Chang,
third Cooper Bosny.

Yes! You did it!

- We did it.
- That was amazing.

Do you have superpowers?
Can you fly?

Please report for
the final race of the day,

the 200-metre
women's freestyle.


You did that, like,
50 times on the way over.

I've done it 87 times.

13 more and then
I'm ready to race.

Mikayla, stop.

Just remember the reason
you started swimming

in the first place.

Joy of being in the pool.

Oops, were those yours?

OK, don't let her get to you.

How am I supposed to swim?

Hold on.

Last ones never let me down.


Strong dive
off the blocks for Chang.

Michaels hot on her tail.

Chang is strong today.

Will Michaels be able
to catch up?

- I can't watch.
- It's OK. Mikayla's got this.


Dig deep.

She's doing it.
This is a game of stamina now.

Go, Mikayla! Go, Mikayla!

- Come on!
- Come on, Mikayla!

Michaels hot on the tail
of Chang.

She's making ground.
Can she do it?

Just look at that speed!
The fight is on!

It's a close finish.

But has Michaels
done enough here?

And the winner, by
a hundredth of a second is...

Come on!
I can't take the suspense!

...Michaela Michaels.


And, now, the moment
you've all been waiting for,

the overall winners are...

Sundale Swim Club.

Sundale! Sundale! Sundale!

You're welcome.
You're welcome.

Namaste. One with the water.

You swam... Hmm.


Thank you for everything,

You must thank yourself,
not me.

- It's in the giving...
- That we receive.

How right you are.

Positive thinking is powerful.

I was thinking...

how about continuing coaching?

You could finish school
out here.

- Really?
- Yeah.

- I'll ask my dad. Yeah.
- Yes! Oh!


Emus are champions
and so are you.

It would be an honour to
remain a sponsor of your camp.


I'm here now with
today's winner, Ariarne Titmus.

How did you feel like
you raced today?

Put together a great race
and it's great to win gold here

- in front of an amazing crowd--
- Great, great.

Comment on your first
competitive loss?

Brad! Stop laughing!

Oh, that was just incredible.

- Yeah, the way you raced.
- Amazing.

Thanks. You guys have
already met Claire.

- She's my--
- Girlfriend.

She's my girlfriend.

She's the best coach
I've ever had.

Well, your son is
extremely talented.

Guys, I'm sorry
about the meeting.

But you really need to know

that I don't want
to quit swimming.

- Liam--
- Dad...

Med school is always
going to be there.

I really want to see where
this takes me now.

Well, your mother and I

certainly don't want
to make you unhappy.

Yeah. Liam, I don't think
we fully understood

just how much swimming
meant to you.

You're almost an adult now.

It's time we respect
your choices.

- We're proud of you.
- Thank you.

- So proud.
- I love you guys.


Whoo-hoo! Yes!

- Well done, darling!
- Great swim, son!

That was tremendous!
It really was.

- Mum, Dad... can I be honest
just for one second?

I'm sorry. Uh...

Um, uh... I really want
to quit swimming.

I'm sorry. It's just... my
heart's just not in it anymore.

But I've got more cardboard.
More paint, more signs.

What will you do instead?

Well, I thought about it and
I've been getting really good,

and I was thinking of doing
competitive gaming.

- Competitive?
- Yeah.

- E-sports fill up arenas.
- Yes? We could go?

Yeah, let's do it.

Can we still come
and cheer for you?

Yeah, of course.

Let's do it, son.

Oh, darling!

Let's celebrate!

Well, we have a surprise
for you.

You know flowers
are a nice surprise.

Chocolates, that sort of thing.

you don't have to jump.

But if you do,
we'll be right here.

Guess I can't drown

next to the two best swimmers
I've ever met, right?

So... I'm better than you?


You got this, Claire,
come on.

- You can do it.
- Oh my gosh. OK.


Whoo! Come on, Claire.
You got this.


Whoo! Go, Claire!

You got this.
Come on, Claire.

- You can do it.
- Go, Claire!


- Oh my gosh, I did it!
- You did it.

- Yeah!
- You did it!

♪ Can you see that the sky
is falling ♪

♪ Right now
as I'm walking under ♪

♪ Oh baby
now it's all or nothing ♪

♪ Oh oh oh ♪

♪ Gotta see that's
the edge of darkness ♪

♪ I want you but I just
can't stand the pain ♪

♪ Oh baby now it's all or
nothing ♪

♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪

♪ Whoa oh ♪

♪ Walk through the fire
Come and take me higher ♪

♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪

♪ Getting tired
of all the times you said ♪

♪ You'd make it right... ♪

it's hot in Australia.

Seven kilo take one.

Can I get a water?

Oh it's... Something
leaked from the top...

This bed is a Sealy bed.
How good is it?

- Mmm.
- Yeah, it's pretty good.


I mean, you know
I can't stay in Australia.

That's cool.


That killed me!

OK, cut it there.

How am I doing?

I love it. I love you.

- Hey, beautiful.
- Hey.

Hey. How you doin'?

Are you drawing?

Yeah, I'm just doing
a little self-portrait.

Just so I can remember
this moment.

It's pretty good, 'cause
when we win Nationals...

OK, there we go.
Do you like that?

Yeah, it's incomplete but...

I can hear the bell! Let's go.

Sound cut.