OUR CELEBRITY TEAM CAPTAINS
Titans of sport and screen will be taking part in our Celebrity Superhero Tri this August and they're putting a call out to the nation to join them! Plus, this year we're teaming up with Endeavour to give you the chance to unite with some truly heroic Team Captains from the military forces who have faced great mental and physical challenges while serving their country. They've all gone on to achieve awesome sporting feats and they can't wait to meet their Superhero teammates for their next epic challenge!
Enter our competition now for your chance to join them!
Comedian and talk show host
This is your chance to find out if the comedian and Last Leg frontman is as funny in the flesh as his is on TV. (That’s a yes, by the way.)
Adam’s superpower: “To reverse park in small spaces.”
A former sapper in the Royal Engineers, Alex was discharged on medical grounds in September 2014 following a heart attack. Whilst visiting the Help for Heroes’ Tedworth House recovery centre, Alex was referred to Mission Motorsport by another member of the Band of Brothers and after a huge amount of hard work and dedication he retrained and has recently been promoted to a logistics coordinator in the Formula E series. He has also been involved in a number of different Endeavour projects, from ThunderCat powerboat racing to Climb2Recovery challenges, and has never looked back.
Alex’s superpower: “I have nine lives.”
Paralympic paracanoe champion
Unite with a Paralympic, World and European paracanoe champion! She also happens to be one of the loveliest ladies you’re ever likely to meet.
Anne’s superpower: “Finding the best fancy dress costumes to help transform myself into a Superhero (and still being able to ride my bike despite the costume being totally impractical!)”
Known as Billy The Whizz, the teenager was racing in the F4 Championships when he lost both his legs below the knee in a high-speed crash last April. Just months later he was back behind the wheel and is working towards taking part in the F3 Championships in 2018/19.
Billy’s superpower: “Speed!”
World Champs surfing medallist and Help for Heroes ambassador
The former soldier and die-hard adrenalin junkie is a multi-talented surfer, mountain biker, skier and kyaker! You won’t find a more committed Team Captain.
Chris’s superpower: “My ability to eat like my legs are hollowed out – a skill I acquired whilst serving in the British Army, then perfected as I surfed my way to the World Championships!”
Seven-time London Marathon winner and six-time Paralympic champion
David will once again be lending his mythical ‘Weirwolf’ magic to #TeamBarclays. Could you be lucky enough to team up with this racing legend?
David's superpower: "My 'Weirwolf' strength!”
David was shot in the chest during a fire fight whilst serving with The Yorkshire Regiment in 2009. The bullet knocked around his chest before coming to rest in his right lung, where it still sits today. David is one of the architects of the Invictus Games and has worked closely with Prince Harry since 2012 to bring his sporting dream to fruition. He has since won 14 medals across three Invictus Games, all in the pool and has also climbed to the summit of the eighth highest mountain in the world: Manaslu, Nepal (8163m).
David’s superpower: “No one in the world is bullet proof, but I am technically bullet resistant. Therefore, my Superhero name is “Easy Target: Man of (cheap) Steel.”
Para dressage rider
This gifted grade 3 para dressage rider has competed nationally and Internationally for over a decade, riding away with a string of gold medals. She can’t wait to unite with her teammates for Celebrity Superhero Tri to show she’s no one-trick pony!”
Erin’s superpower: “My super loud cheerleading abilities.”
Fiona injured her hips and spine while serving in the Royal Air Force and less than a year after emergency spinal surgery she competed at the Invictus Games in Orlando winning one gold and three silvers in swimming. She earned the nickname Femo (after Nemo the fish) as only one of her flippers (legs) worked. She can’t wait to dive into The Celebrity Superhero Tri, which will be her first sporting event since having a baby girl in February 2018.
Fiona’s superpower: “The ability to find the positive and smile in any situation – you could call me the eternal optimist.”
BBC security correspondent, journalist and author
An intrepid traveller and keen skier, the award-winning BBC journalist isn’t one to shrink from a challenge. He’s looking for kindred spirits to join him for his latest adventure!
Frank’s superpower: “An inbuilt over-the-horizon radar that tells you when a parking warden is approaching, given that I can never actually park in a disabled parking spot!”
Wheelchair basketball, rugby and para ice hockey star
This multi-talented athlete has risen to the top in a dizzying number of sports! She played rugby and football at county level until her Muscular Dystrophy saw her turn her sights to U25 GB wheelchair basketball where she helped her team triumph at the European Champs. She’s currently competing at the GB Para Ice Hockey World Cup and made her debut in the England Wheelchair Rugby 7s against France earlier this year!”
Freya’s superpower: “With a little help from Muscular Dystophy, the ability to win every game of musical chairs ever!”
Personal trainer and male model
Jack made history in 2015 when he became the first male model with a disability to walk the catwalk in New York Fashion Week and last year he was the first-ever amputee to be crowned Mr England. He’s also a qualified personal trainer and will be sharing his top tips with his very lucky team.
Jack’s superpower: “Helping people break through barriers and build confidence through sport.”
Jaco Van Gass
During a tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Jaco was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. His injuries included the loss of his left arm at the elbow & blast wounds to upper thigh, a broken tibia and a fractured knee. Despite this, Jaco has since become a first-class downhill skier and multiple marathon runner. He was a member of the record-breaking team of wounded soldiers to trek unsupported to the North Pole and he’s also climbed Alaska’s 6000m Mt Denali and Everest. Jaco is also part of the GB para-cycling team, competing at the World Championships.
Jaco’s superpower: “A big smile and 'can do’ attitude.”
TV Presenter and Invictus Games medallist
Unite with this former Royal Marines Commando, Paralympics anchorman and BBC presenter and see up close the steely determination behind those Clark Kent glasses.
JJ's superpower: “I’m a master of disguise, just like Superman. All I have to do is put on a pair of glasses and you can’t tell I’m a Superhero... After all, have you ever seen me and Clark Kent in the same room!”
TV reporter, DJ and journalist
This Channel 4 sports reporter is also a former wheelchair basketball star so knows a thing or two about winning! His teammates are also in for some guaranteed fun.
Jordan’s superpower: “The ability to teleport and be in multiple places in a blink.” 😉
Laura counts being a former GB goalball player, a professional dressage rider, blind-footballer and British national track cyclist among her many sporting achievements. Most recently, she’s turned her attention to triathlon and competed at the 2017 National Relay Championships. She and her trusty guide dog Hester can’t wait to meet her Superhero teammates!
Laura’s superpower: “Encouraging sport for all and challenging those who create barriers.”
Paralympic swimming champion
Could you be talking team tactics with one of only a handful of British Para Swimmers to win gold medals at the Paralympics, World and European Champs?
Liz’s superpower: “My right hook, which my friends affectionately refer to as the snake, ha!”
Menna & Jen
Alpine ski Paralympic champions
What a team! Together they’ve achieved great things on the slopes and were, of course, the ‘Golden Girls’ of the 2018 Winter Paralympics, bringing home Great Britain’s only gold medal!
In November 2004, Neil lost both his legs above the knee in a car bomb blast in Iraq. He was the first person to receive the prestigious Henry Worsley Award in recognition of founding Climb2Recovery, which encourages injured ex-service personnel to take part in alpine climbing to help them on their road to recovery. Since his injuries, Neil has completed triathlons, learned to ski and scuba dive, and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean unsupported in the inaugural Row2Recovery team. He is currently training to be the first double above-the-knee amputee to scale the Matterhorn.
Neil’s superpower: “The ability to lead a normal life despite being constantly legless.”
Owen was injured in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, which resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee. As part of his rehabilitation he was encouraged to try various sports and discovered he had a talent for snowboarding. He went on to win a silver medal at the 2017 Para Snowboards Worlds Champs, had two podium finishes at the World Cup and represented Great Britain in the 2018 Winter Paralympics where he was given the honour of carrying the flag at the opening ceremony.
Owen’s superpower: “Control of the elements.”
On his last tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Sean was injured by several large explosions, which caused permanent hearing damage, three ruptured discs, PTSD and a cardiac abnormality. He now works for The Warrior Programme, which supports veterans, veterans’ families and families of serving personnel, and is training to be a scuba diving instructor so he can work with injured veterans. Sean also played a key role in the Fortitude Team dog-sledding expedition to Sweden and ensured the 13-strong team of veterans crossed the finish line as one.
Sean’s superpower: “Helping people challenge the idea of what they can do.”
Adventurer and challenge aficionado
Shaun has wheeled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, climbed Kilimanjaro and conquered countless gruelling challenges in his trusty wheelchair. One to watch!
Shaun’s superpower: “My adventurous spirit, which helps me conquer mountains without fear.”
Paralympic swimming champion
The Paralympic, World and European champion broke the British record for the 100-metre backstroke when she was only 15 years old and went on to represent her country at three consecutive Paralympics, bringing home a combined total of two golds, four silvers and two bronze medals from London and Rio. She’ll be getting her teammates off to a stellar start!
Stephanie’s superpower: “It has got to be my smile. Whenever I smile it gives me special powers to make people happy!!”
Paralympic swimming champion
The Paralympic and World medley relay champion also has no less that nine European gold medals to her name. Come cheer this swimming great on as she takes part in her first ever lake swim!
Stuart had his right leg amputated below the knee after being blown up by a landmine. A self-confessed challenge junkie who is always looking for the next opportunity to change perception of disability, Stuart has since completed the London Marathon, numerous 100-mile cycling challenges and the Ironman in Mallorca. In 2018 he’ll be ski touring the vertical height of Everest in the Alps and taking on the London Marathon on one leg with crutches.
Stuart’s superpower: “My stubbornness to reach my goals and challenge people’s preconceptions.”
Paralympic swimming champion
Susie topped off her already impressive medal tally with a gold at Rio. Make a big splash with this aqua supremo at Superhero Tri!
Susie’s superpower: “A strong desire to swim with sharks! And I speak lots of languages too!”
Up until the age of 18, Zoe was a synchronised swimmer and represented GB Junior Team. She then joined the Royal Navy.Following an injury her rehabilitation took her to Headley Court where she met some truly inspirational people who’d obtained life changing injuries. In 2016 she was selected for Invictus Games in Orlando, “which allowed me to prove to myself that I did not have to be defined by my injuries and that I could move on with my life, have other challenges and be successful once more.”
Zoe’s superpower: “Never-ending eating. I can eat everything in sight.”