Mark Webber will play a starring role in the third series of Australia’s Greatest Athlete, set to premiere on Channel 7 in just over three weeks.
The show pits eight of the country’s most talented athletes against one another in a series of sporting challenges, earning points for their overall rankings. The overall winner at the end of the series will receive prize money that they will donate to the charity of their choice.
The show features athletes from Australia’s most popular sports, including soccer, rugby league, AFL, rugby union, ironman, cricket, athletics and motorsport. Motorsport stars from past series’ have been V8 Supercars drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, and this year’s series will include Mark Winterbottom.
Challenges include sprint swims, ironman drills, jet-ski races, rock climbing, diving, and buggy racing.
The motorsport stars have generally struggled in some of the disciplines that have concentrated on outright strength or short-burst speed (for example bench pressing and sprint swims), although Whincup and Lowndes have placed in the top-three in each series overall.
Winterbottom will compete against the likes of Eamon Sullivan (swimming), Kurt Gidley (NRL), Fabrice Lapierre (athletics), Ken Wallace (canoeing), Quade Cooper (rugby union), Shannon Eckstein (ironman) and Luke Hodge (AFL).
Webber’s role will largely be as a pundit and advisor for the show, although it could be speculated that, were it not for Webber’s fractured shoulder he sustained in late 2010 – and hid from the Red Bull Racing team – he might actually be competing.