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All-Ireland hero Davy Fitzgerald joins Ken Egan and Eddie O'Sullivan in RTE search for Ireland's fittest family

Published 09/01/2014 | 14:19

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21 December 2013; Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald who was nominated for manager of the year, in attendance at the RTÉ Sports Awards 2013. RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald
Olympic boxing champion Kenneth Egan. Picture: RTE
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The search is on for Ireland's fittest family - courtesy of a new RTE television show.

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Twelve families - who underwent physical and scientific testing ahead of the show - have qualified to enter the extreme fitness competition.

The elite sporting families will compete against each other on the toughest endurance courses in the country, in Connemara, over six weeks.

After each event the weakest family will be eliminated, until there's just one family standing.

The winning family will walk away with a €15k cash prize and the title of Irelands Fittest Family 2013.

Olympic boxing champion Kenneth Egan, international rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan, Irish Hockey Star Nikki Symmons and legendary Clare GAA boss Davy Fitzgerald will be mentors for the families.

Each week they will coach them on fitness, dietary plans and coaching them to elite levels. The families will compete in races, assault courses, and climbing tasks.

Each family team is comprised of four immediate members like grandparents, parents, children and step-children. Each team will have a minimum of one parent and one male or one female.

Background staff from Clare hurling team - who moulded last year's All-Ireland winning team - were also involved in the show's production.

Clare became All-Ireland champions for 2013 after a sensational win over Cork in an eight goal final replay at Croke Park.

The win capped a remarkable first season for Fitzgerald.

The twelve families - who have already gone through extensive tests to make the cut for the show - will be trained to perform to the same level as the top Clare athletes.

Only the fittest, fastest, strongest families will last the pace.

The show starts this Saturday, January 11, at 7.30pm on RTÉ One.

Irish Independent

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