Australian Gladiators

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Challenger, are you ready… Gladiator, are you ready…

Four brave Challengers from around Australia take on the Gladiators each week in four action-packed games including the big hits of the Gauntlet; the body blows of Duel; the tackles of Pyramid; the swinging Pendulum.

Starting with 32 courageous challengers, the contestants will be whittled down to four after proving their worth in the heats, quarters and semis, then the final four will play one last round against the Gladiators to find our champion.

Hosted by Tom Williams and Zoe Naylor and refereed by rugby league legend Bill Harrigan.

7:30pm Wednesday, February 24 on Prime

Gameshow

This week the games are being mixed up for the challengers as they’ve scored very few points against the Gladiators during their individual heats.

Kristine Banks-Smith was wiped by Viper on the Suspension Bridge, managed only one pod in Powerball, Angel took her out of the sky on Hang Tough and she rolled over just one pod in Atlasphere during her heats. She hopes the new mix of games in this quarter final – Hit and Run, The Wall, Duel and Pyramid – might play more to her strengths. But feisty fellow challenger Michaela Williams has already played Duel and Pyramid with no success – did she learn anything from her first battle with the Gladiators?

Meanwhile, both male challengers won just one of their games during their heats, so they’ve got plenty to prove this time around. Paul Baird’s only success came in Atlasphere, when he sped away from Scar for three pod crossings, while Simon Orton successfully evaded Hunter on Pendulum. Simon didn’t run the Eliminator during the heats when his competitor suffered an injury but Paul did, scoring the second-fastest Eliminator run of the series so far – Simon will have to dig deep to beat Paul.

Who will go on to become the two overall winners of the series (one male and one female) sharing in $100,000 and two All Wheel Drive Subaru Foresters?

7:30pm Wednesday, February 17 on Prime

Gameshow

This week the challengers take on four new games in Gauntlet, Hang Tough, Powerball and Sumoball as they vie for a place in the semi finals.

Returning tonight is one of the competition’s highest scoring female challengers Kim Papp. In her heat, fire officer Kim careered through the Gauntlet; crossed the Hit and Run bridge three times; surprised Destiny by beating her; and sped up the Wall leaving Nitro in her wake. After amassing so many points, she went into the Eliminator with a time advantage and built on her lead for a substantial win – how will she do this time around?

On the other hand, her challenger, Jacquie Watson from Sydney, wasn’t as competitive against the Gladiators. Amazon beat her easily on Duel; Olympia outran her on Vertigo; Viper wouldn’t let her pass on Pyramid; but she managed to dodge balls on Hit and Run. Despite her two-second disadvantage, Jacquie overtook her rival to win by two seconds in the Eliminator – how will she stand up against the Gladiators this time?

Joseph Mckay from Victoria became another notch on Thunder’s belt with an easy knockdown on Duel but managed to beat Scar to the finish ring on Vertigo. He couldn’t get past Kouta on Pyramid and ducked and weaved the demolition balls of Hit and Run – will he make the final cut this week?

His challenger, Lincoln Burns from Victoria, failed to score in the Gauntlet; couldn’t dodge the balls on Hit and Run; Thunder proved too much of an obstacle on Sumoball; and he out-climbed Hunter on the Wall. With an event start on the Eliminator, he bolted ahead for the win – will he be so lucky this time?

Who will go on to become the two overall winners of the series (one male and one female) sharing in $100,000 and two All Wheel Drive Subaru Foresters?

7:30pm Wednesday, February 10 on Prime

Gameshow

This week sees former Australian soccer player Georgie Leake and NRL player Nathan Wood return to the arena, one step closer to the main prize as they compete in the second quarter final.

During her heats, Georgie enjoyed success on Hit and Run, where she managed to scamper away from Angel on The Wall and beat Amazon, which resulted in Amazon receiving a red card from referee Bill Harrigan. But how will she fare up against Amazon again this week on Suspension Bridge? Her challenger, 21-year-old Victorian gymnast Ashleigh Kelly, made it through to the quarters by default when her rival was unable to run the Eliminator but will she be disadvantaged having not run the final game before?

Nathan didn’t score very well in the heats but despite going into the Eliminator with a five second disadvantage, he proved he’s quick. In contrast, Queensland school teacher Philip Breslin is a leader on the scoreboard.

Who will proceed to the semi finals, sharing in $100,000 and two All Wheel Drive Subaru Foresters?

7:30pm Wednesday, January 6 on Prime

Entertainment Series

They might have two very different day jobs, but how will a model and a high performance driving trainer fare when they go up against the Gladiators tonight?

Victorian Lincoln is at home on race tracks – but does this speedster have the right tempo for the fast pace of the Gauntlet. In addition to his good looks, Sydneysider Nik is an international discus thrower so he should have some strength on his side for the Sumo Ball.

For the ladies it’s a battle between a South Australian fire fighter and a Queensland teacher – both train exceptionally hard, but will either of them win any points up against the Gladiators in The Wall, Hit and Run, Gauntlet and Sumo Ball.

7:30pm Wednesday, December 23 on Prime

Entertainment Series

It’s a battle of the gymnasts on Gladiators this week. But will their flexibility and agility help them to evade defeat?

Aerial acrobat Rony, 26, from Queensland and gymnast Ashleigh, 21, from Victoria should have an advantage in the aerial games of Hang Tough and Pendulum. But the female Gladiators will be out to bring them back down to earth.

Will age prove to be an issue for the men when science teacher Phillip, 24, from Queensland takes on 34-year-old business manager Shane from NSW? Both the men have football backgrounds, so will it help them against the hard hits of the Gladiators in the Gauntlet or the big tackles of Powerball.

7:30pm Wednesday, December 16 on Prime

Entertainment Series

Going head-to-head in pursuit of the grand prize in tonight’s Gladiators are a former soldier, a state athletics champion, a cattle ringer and a dental nurse with dreams of starting her own personal training business.

They’re fit, determined and physically prepared for the challenge, but are they mentally ready to stare down the Gladiators in Hang Tough, Atlasphere, Suspension Bridge and, new game, Vertigo?

For the women, it’s a battle of two extremely fit and strong mothers ready to take on the female Gladiators. Julie and Jules will be taking on the high-flying Angel and speed-blitz Nitro on the Hang Tough rings, and they’ll need all their strength if they hope to defeat Destiny and Amazon on the Suspension Bridge.

Former Queensland soldier Marcus and South Australian cattle ringer Nick will be swinging high above the arena floor against Scar and Hunter in Vertigo, while Thunder and Kouta will be using all their might to stop the guys from scoring in Atlasphere.

Working together as a powerful and commanding team, the Gladiators are more than strong opponents, they’re skilful combatants and the Challengers will have to outwit as well as outplay to gain valuable victories. Will the Challengers gain any valuable points before squaring off against one another in the Eliminator?

7:30pm Wednesday, December 9 on Prime

Entertainment Series

In tonight’s Gladiators, the Challengers are testing their stamina, agility, strength and power against the might of the Gladiators in four action-packed games: Hit and Run, The Wall, Sumo Ball and Pyramid.

For the women, it’s the battle of the personal trainers as a 31-year-old from Queensland and a 37-year-old from South Australia strive to survive until the next round. A Victorian school teacher and a self-employed fitness guru take on the power of the male Gladiators to try and gain valuable points, and thus a time advantage, for the final nail-biting Eliminator race.

Between them the might of the Gladiators towers 25.6 metres and weigh in at a formidable 1.19 tonnes. Working together as a powerful and commanding team, the Gladiators are more than strong opponents, they’re skilful combatants and the Challengers will have to outwit as well as outplay to gain valuable victories. Will the Challengers gain any valuable points before squaring off against one another in the Eliminator?