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Paralympian Lauren Steadman Becomes Second Disabled Contestant To Join Strictly 2018

August 21, 2018

Same Difference was excited when Strictly announced it’s first disabled contestant this year, Katie Piper. We didn’t dare hope that there may be two in the same series. But we are even more excited now!

Joining Lee Ryan from Blue will be Paralympian Lauren Steadman, who will swap trainers for dancing shoes after being announced as part of the line-up.

Steadman was revealed as the 13th celebrity contestant of this year’s series on BBC One’s The One Show.

The 25-year-old is a double world champion paratriathlete and a silver medallist from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. She is also six times European champion.

She was born missing her lower right arm and has been competing internationally since she was 13.

Steadman said it hadn’t yet “properly sunk in” that she would be appearing on Strictly.

She said she probably wouldn’t wear a prosthetic because “maybe with a spin it would fly off somewhere”.

The athlete said she was “up for a challenge,” but added: “I’m more nervous about being on stage, performing live and in front of the judges than I am about the elite paratriathlon grand final next month!”


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