Go Jonnie go! Cambridgeshire paralympic star Jonnie Peacock to trade the track for the dance floor on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 22 August 2017

Jonnie Peacock won the T44 100m gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships last month - and will next month be a contestant on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Jonnie Peacock won the T44 100m gold medal at the World Para Athletics Championships last month - and will next month be a contestant on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

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Doddington paralympic hero Jonnie Peacock will appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The 24-year-old sprinter was confirmed as one of the show’s contestants on last night’s The One Show (August 21) – meaning he will be the first disabled contestant in its history.

He told The Mirror: “The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down.

“I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional ‘worm’ at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience.

“I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.”

Peacock was crowned world, European and Paralympic champion last month after sprinting to gold in the T44 100m final at the World Para Athletics Championships in London.

This year’s series of Strictly begins with a launch show on September 9.

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