Paralympic table tennis champion Will Bayley is looking forward to taking on the challenge of learning to dance having been announced today by BBC Television as one of the contestants for the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing that starts in September.
“It’s such a great family show,” said the 31 year old, who won men’s class 7 singles gold in Rio 2016. “It’s my mum’s favourite and we all watch it too so I was so excited when I was asked to take part. I don’t really dance at parties and I have no dancing background so it will be funny to watch me trying to learn.
“I’m most looking forward to getting to know everyone on the show – the other contestants and the professional dancers – and it will be amazing to be taught how to dance by a top professional.”
Bayley attended the Brit School for Performing Arts in Croydon and once appeared in a DVD ‘We’ve Got The Toaster’ so has some experience of performing and is determined to embrace the glitz and the glamour of the show, including the costumes, fake tans and sequins. However, he does admit to one fear, saying: “I’m most afraid of falling over!”
Bayley, who has won gold in Italy, Slovenia and Japan this season, is used to spending long hours in the training hall and is currently preparing for the European Para Table Tennis Championships in Sweden next month.