New Gladiators Sabre, Apollo and Dynamite are ready to take on the Challengers.
WEBWIRE – Friday, May 26, 2023
As exclusively revealed on Stephs Packed Lunch, Sabre, Apollo and Dynamite are the latest Gladiators ready to take on the contenders at the arena in Sheffield for one of the most iconic and exciting sports entertainment gameshows, coming to BBC One and iPlayer.
Fierce, powerful and agile; the main attributes of a Sabre and also of Sheli McCoy who joins the Gladiators line-up.
An unstoppable force, she describes herself as a grafter and trains 16-19 hours per week! She has competed in 5 British Weightlifting Championships events and numerous CrossFit championships all over the world and has simultaneously been Scottish champion in both sports. Sabre runs her own gym in Dundee, hoping to inspire future generations to reach their full fitness potential.
Contenders be afraid of an attack from Sabre, shes fearless and ferocious, once she catches sight of prey, theres no escape!
Sabre (aka Sheli McCoy) says: I truly hope Sabre will inspire and empower the younger generation of strong capable females just as the Gladiators I once watched inspired me to be a confident athletic women. It is Sabres time to shine – here come the powerful girls!
With the cheeky good looks of a Greek god and the speed of a rocket, its no surprise Alex Gray has earned the name Apollo.
He started his career playing rugby under 16s and moved onto the Premiership and then England 7s team. He captained English Rugby teams for 16s, 18s and 20s.
He was scouted to go to NFL for his skillset, making him the first British rugby player to transfer over to the NFL. Signed for Atlantic Falcons and then became the first international player to Captain an NFL team.
He trains hard wanting to be the best and has a super strong competitive nature.
Apollo wants to win and wont stop until he does. Dont be fooled by his smile and charm, if youre in his way hell take you down.
Apollo (aka Alex Gray) says: Gladiator ready?? You better believe I am!! After playing Rugby and in the NFL, the opportunity to inspire as Apollo is a dream come true. I plan on leading from the front and never giving up
Small, explosive and dangerous, just like Dynamite, 20 year old, Emily Steel, is the youngest Gladiator in the current line-up.
With a background in swimming competing at a national level until she was 15 years old, shes now a full-time elite CrossFit athlete, also juggling second year studies full time at university in sport and exercise science. Recently competing internationally at one of the largest fitness festivals in the world and becoming an under 23s weightlifting British record holder.
Dont underestimate Dynamite. She may look small, but shell blast into the competition and obliterate her opponents.
Dynamite (aka Emily Steel) says: Im too young to remember the original Gladiators, but my parents loved it and suggested I try out. Dynamite really does represent who I am and Im excited to showcase what I can do in the games.
Sabre, Apollo and Dynamite join the previously announced Nitro, Diamond, Giant, Fire, Legend, Fury and Steel as part of the new generation of mighty Gladiators ready to challenge a brave set of contenders in the 11-part series made by Hungry Bear Media and MGM Alternative UK. They will take part in the ultimate test of speed and strength in a series of brand new games alongside classics culminating with fan-favourite The Eliminator.
Further information about Gladiators including broadcast details will be announced in due course.
Gladiators (11 x 60) is a Hungry Bear and MGM Alternative UK for BBC One and BBC iPlayer and was commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Unscripted. The Executive Producers are Dan Baldwin and Lou Brown for Hungry Bear and Dom Bird MGM Alternative UK. The Head of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Clodagh ODonoghue.
The original American Gladiators series was created by Johnny C. Ferraro and Dan Carr and developed by Johnny C. Ferraro.
Audiences can be the first to experience the power of the new Gladiators by applying for free tickets here (Terms and conditions apply).
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