Murray Bridge rowers overcome hardships for their Olympic dream.

The Murray Cods were the talk of the 1924 Olympic Games. Photo supplied.
The Murray Cods were the talk of the 1924 Olympic Games. Photo supplied.

There is a legendary story told in rowing circles about eight men from a small South Australian town who overcame tremendous hurdles to travel to Europe to represent their country.

The team took it all in their stride - the hardships, prejudice and even a world war - to make it to Paris to compete in the Olympics in 1924.

Hailing from Murray Bridge, the team went onto to weave a story that belongs in the annals of Australian lore.

Now, 'Paris or the Bush: The Story of the Cods', a production by filmmakers Wayne Groom and Carolyn Bilsborow, will hit television screens nationally on the Nine Network on Sunday, April 26, at noon.

After years of research, Groom and Bilsborow were able to piece together the story of the Murray Cods and show the trials and tribulations the men went through to take part in the 1924 Olympic Games.

"I think Australia's going to be astonished when they see this piece of their history," Mr Groom said.

Documentary filmmakers Wayne Groom and Carolyn Bilsborow have made their mark on Murray Bridge's history. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Documentary filmmakers Wayne Groom and Carolyn Bilsborow have made their mark on Murray Bridge's history. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

"One little club that has no boats, no clubrooms, for them to be rowing for international glory is beyond belief.

"There's something timeless about this story: dreams can come true."

First screened as a two-hour epic in 2016, it has been condensed for a television version.

"Carolyn Bilsborow and I have had to edit the documentary down from its original 120 mins to 42 mins, the length that television networks require for broadcast," Mr Groom said.

"However, to our surprise, it still works perfectly.

"I have alerted (Murray Bridge Mayor) Brenton Lewis and he is delighted that the screening will occur nationally to coincide with the rebuilding of the rowing clubhouse on the River Murray as a boat shed, community centre and potential "Cods" museum."

Watch the documentary on the Nine Network this Sunday, April 26, at noon across the nation.