Daniel Singh is the new Warrior
Gladiator (from Durham)... Ready!
A man from Durham has had a rollercoaster of a ride to end up on one of Britain's toughest television shows.
Daniel Singh will be joining the new team of Gladiators to battle against contestants from far and wide in games such as Earthquake, Gauntlet and Duel.
It is quite a feat for the 21-year-old fitness instructor as an injury hindered his sporting career at a young age.
Daniel explains: "I broke my neck at the age of 14 playing rugby. I was well into my rugby but I got injured so I was partially paralysed for around six to nine months and I ended up getting morbidly obese.
"I ended up getting up to 24 stone and a 50 inch waist, so they aren't the fondest memories of my life but fortunately I've been able to turn that around."
Daniel Singh - Warrior from Gladiators
A healthy lifestyle and lots of will power brought Daniel back to 17 stone and eight pounds (remembering he is six foot three inches tall) and is looking better than ever.
Since then Daniel has turned his attention away from the cold green grass of the rugby pitch to the spotlighted stage of the squared-circle and become a professional wrestler.
Daniel moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began wrestling in North Carolina and Mexico before having a trial with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
However, Warrior (as he will be known on Gladiators), has put his wrestling career on pause to don the lycra for the new series of Gladiators which begins on Sky 1, Sunday 4 January, 2009.
"I sent an e-mail," Daniel explains. "I went to a few auditions and it was a long drawn out process but worth while one and I actually got the call two weeks before we started filming.
"We had to do vigorous fitness tests where a lot of guys were throwing up, but they had to get the crème de la crème, so to speak, there was a lot of camera tests to see what your personality was like and if you came across well on camera.
"We had to wait a few weeks ... but when I finally got the phone call I was more than over the moon, I was absolutely ecstatic."
Warrior with Sue Sweeney
Former host of the show, Kirsty Gallacher, who decided not to take part in the second series, will probably agree with Daniel when he says the filming schedule is tough.
Daniel explains: "We were away for about two months because we had to do all of the training for the big power events such as Powerball, Gauntlet and all the ones everyone remembers and loves.
"The filming was two and a half weeks straight, two shows back-to-back and 16 hour days! So it was hectic but the atmosphere was great, the Gladiators were like a family and the production was all really good," says Daniel.
You can listen to the full interview with Daniel Singh by clicking here:
last updated: 31/12/2008 at 10:40