Rio Olympics: Eight Australian athletes' journeys to compete in the Games
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Rio Olympics: Eight Australian athletes' journeys to compete in the Games

Over the past several months, Fairfax reporters and photographers have followed the progress of four Olympic and four Paralympic hopefuls as they prepare for the Rio Games.

Here are their stories.

Lauren Wells at a session of physiotherapy at the AIS.

Lauren Wells at a session of physiotherapy at the AIS.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts during at training session at the AIS athletics track.

Javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts during at training session at the AIS athletics track.Credit:Melissa Adams

Olympian Shelley Watts

Olympian Shelley WattsCredit:Elesa Kurtz

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Ben Treffers training at the AIS in an attempt to secure a spot on the Australian team for the 100m Backstroke event.

Ben Treffers training at the AIS in an attempt to secure a spot on the Australian team for the 100m Backstroke event.Credit:Jay Cronan

Richard Nicholson.

Richard Nicholson. Credit:Jeffrey Chan

Australian Paralympians Gavin Bellis and Kathryn Ross in the lead-up to the Rio Games

Australian Paralympians Gavin Bellis and Kathryn Ross in the lead-up to the Rio GamesCredit:Rohan Thomson

Evan O'Hanlon.

Evan O'Hanlon. Credit:Karleen Minney

Paralympic runner, Michael Roeger, is favourite to win the 1500 metre event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.

Paralympic runner, Michael Roeger, is favourite to win the 1500 metre event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.Credit:Graham Tidy