SAS Who Dares Wins Celebrity signs up first ever disabled contestant paralympian Lauren Steadman – The Sun

SAS Who Dares Wins Celebrity has signed its up first ever disabled contestant – paralympian Lauren Steadman.

The sporting champ – who competed in Strictly Come Dancing 2018 – will take part to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

The show's sees Ant Middleton and his fellow Special Forces veterans replicate the infamous SAS selection process for the participants.

Now Lauren will join a star-studded line-up for a second series of the celebrity version.

A source told The Sun Online: "Lauren was up for the challenge – she's really tough and can do whatever she puts her mind to."

Helen Skelton, Joey Essex, Rudimental’s Leon Rolle and Jack Maynard are already lined up to take part.

Lauren, 27, was born without a forearm – but her disability has never held her back.

In one year, Lauren had taken all three titles – British, European and World Champion – for the first time, and graduated from university with first class honours in 2014.

As a swimmer, she competed in two Olympic Games, debuting in Beijing at 15, before qualifying for the final of both the 100m freestyle S9 and the 400m freestyle S9 in London 2012.

In 2016, Lauren secured a silver medal in the inaugural Paratriathlon event at the Summer Paralympics in Rio.

She set herself another huge challenge in 2018 when she joined series 16 of Strictly Come Dancing.

Alongside partner AJ Pritchard, Lauren set her sights on being the first celebrity with a disability to reach the final.

Despite making it to the semi-final, the pair lost their place in the dance off against Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev.

Lauren had refused to wear a prosthetic on the show amid fears it would fly off during a spin.

Instead she celebrated "normalising disabilities" on the prime time BBC show.

And that meant AJ often had to find new ways to do routines because of Lauren's missing right arm.

He said at the time: "Lauren’s message is an important one, don’t let anything hold you back, she has educated me constantly along the way."

Lauren credited Strictly for making her feel "sexy".

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