JJ Chalmers

A Royal Marine commando, whose career was cut short following a bomb explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.

He competed in cycling at the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, where he gained his first insight into television presenting, later joining the Channel 4 team for the 2016 Paralympics.

Incredibly, he was flown out to the Tokyo Paralympics by the same former Royal Air Force pilot, David Ellis, who had flown him out of Afghanistan when Chalmers was in an induced coma.

“He kept coming out throughout the flight and we were able to just talk like two veterans, and it was really nice to pass the time talking to someone that had a familiar background to what I did,” Chalmers told BBC Radio 5 Live, revealing that he “burst into tears” when he found out about the connection with Ellis.

“But I really made sure that, when I got off the plane, I was like: ‘Cut the nonsense – it’s been really nice to talk to you as another human being, but I owe you something that I’ll never be able to repay to you. I’m unbelievably grateful for what you did to me’.

“And in fairness his response was just perfect. It was: ‘We all had a job to do – that’s what you did, that’s what I did, that’s what we all did.’”

Chalmers made it to the seventh week of Strictly Come Dancing last year.

Ed Jackson

Jackson was a professional rugby player for Newport Gwent Dragons when he dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool during a weekend off and suffered extensive spinal injuries that ended his playing career in 2017. He had to be resuscitated three times in the ambulance on his way to hospital.

Jackson was told he would never walk again, but has since climbed Mount Snowdon, and even scaled the height of Everest on his parents’ stairs — 89,056 steps and 2,783 trips up and down — during lockdown. He has also trekked through the Himalayas and the Alps.

He recently presented Channel 4’s European Champions Cup rugby highlights and provided commentary for the Six Nations.

Jackon founded the charity Millimetres 2 Mountains in 2019, alongside his wife Lois and former England rugby player Olly Barkley. The charity aims to “create positive change for people who are facing mental health challenges as a result of encountering adversity”.

Rosie Jones

Jones is a stand-up comedian and scriptwriter who has written for multiple TV panel shows and sitcoms. Born with axatic cerebral palsy, she incorporates her slow speech pattern into her comedy.

She has said her disability means she can “push the line further than a lot of able-bodied comics”.

Jones is gay and has also spoken about the battle to be seen as a disabled person with a sexuality.

“Growing up, there was nobody in TV or radio that looked like me – that sounded like me,” she told the Duvet Days podcast. “And also my sexuality came into that, like when there was a disabled person they were very much the victim and they didn’t have a sexuality, they were very much the stock disabled person.

“That meant growing up, I didn’t accept my sexuality because I thought I’m not gay and disabled.”

She has recently released her first children’s book, The Amazing Edie Eckhart, about an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy.

Steph McGovern

A television presenter who has spent the majority of her career working in financial journalism for BBC television channels and radio stations.

She was the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast for eight years, sometimes stepping in as the main co-host of the programme, before leaving in 2019.

She joined Channel 4 with a view to presenting her own programme in early 2020. However, the Covid pandemic delayed its launch, and the format was tweaked for the launch of The Steph Show, which was filmed from her own front room.

The show eventually launched as originally planned in September 2020, when it was renamed Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Arthur Williams 

From a military background on both sides of his family, Williams joined the Royal Marines at 17. However, his life changed four years later in Plymouth when the car he was travelling in lost control and flipped, causing him major injuries, severing his spinal cord and leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

Having regained his strength, he set about training to be a pilot. Seeking money to pay for his flying lessons, he undertook screen tests with Channel 4, who were looking for disabled presenters to join their London 2012 Paralympics team.

He has been involved in every summer and winter Paralympics since 2012, and presented a number of military and aviation documentaries. He continues to fly in his spare time.

Ade Adepitan

Competed as a professional wheelchair basketball player before becoming a TV presenter.

Clare Balding

Perhaps Britain’s best-known sports presenter, working on every Olympics since 1996 and every Paralympics since 2000.

Sophie Morgan

This is her third Paralympics as part of the presenting team. Has also fronted numerous documentaries and consumer affairs shows.

Vick Hope

BBC Radio 1 presenter, who has also fronted various reality television programmes.

Adam Hills

Australian comedian and host of The Last Leg. Made a documentary about playing in the Warrington Wolves physical disability rugby league team.

Alex Brooker

Began as a sports journalist before joining Channel 4 after their search to find new disabled talent for the 2012 Paralympics. Co-hosts The Last Leg.

Josh Widdicombe

Stand-up comedian and presenter, who co-hosts The Last Leg.

Lee McKenzie

Presenter of Channel 4’s F1 coverage, as well as the W Series and rugby union.

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

Has worked as a sports reporter, DJ, commentator and journalist. Also played wheelchair basketball to national level.

Jeanette Kwakye

An Olympic 100m finalist in 2008, Kwakye was the trackside interviewer for the BBC’s athletics coverage at the Tokyo Games.

Liz Johnson

A former professional swimmer, who won medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. Her Brazilian husband Phelipe Rodrigues made the podium in Tokyo at his fourth Paralympics.

Giles Long

One of Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmers with seven medals, Long has presented coverage of the last three Paralympics.

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