As the countdown to the Gladiators reboot’s return to screens continues, three new additions to the cast have been announced.
The BBC will relaunch the sports entertainment programme that broadcast from 1992 to 2000.
This month, father-and-son tandem Bradley and Barney Walsh were announced as the new presenters of the series, which will once again feature a new generation of superhuman Gladiators competing against a courageous group of competitors in the ultimate test of speed and strength.
In recent weeks, the Gladiators 2023 cast including Fury, Steel, Giant, Thunder, Legend, Nitro, and Diamond have already been unveiled, and now three more have been revealed.
On Thursday’s episode of Steph’s Packed Lunch Sabre, Apollo and Dynamite were revealed as two additional Gladiators slated to appear.
Sheli McCoy, or Sabre, shares with her namesake the characteristics of being ferocious, powerful, and nimble.
She describes herself as an irrepressible force and trains a staggering 16 to 19 hours per week.
She has competed in five British Weightlifting Championships and numerous CrossFit championships around the globe, and she is the Scottish champion in both disciplines.
As the proprietor of her own gym in Dundee, Sabre hopes to motivate future generations to attain their maximum fitness potential.
Competitors have been warned to “fear an attack” from her, as she is not only “fearless and ferocious,” but there is “no escape” once she spots her quarry.
‘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 Sabre’s time to shine – here come the powerful girls,’ she said.
Taking his name from the Greek god, Apollo (Alex Gray) has ‘cheeky good looks and speed of a rocket’.
Beginning his rugby career at the under-16 level, he subsequently joined the Premiership and the England 7s team.
He captained the English Rugby 16’s, 18’s, and 20’s teams.
Due to his abilities, he was scouted for the NFL and became the first British rugby player to transfer to the NFL. He was then recruited by the Atlantic Falcons, creating history as the first international player to captain an NFL team.
After playing rugby in the NFL, he stated, “the chance to inspire as Apollo is a dream come true.”
‘I plan on leading from the front and never giving up,’ he added.
Dynamite was the second Gladiator revealed, with 20-year-old Emily Steel being the youngest member of the roster.
She competed at the national level in swimming until she was 15 years old. Currently, she is a full-time elite CrossFit athlete and a second-year university student majoring in sport and exercise science.
She recently competed internationally at one of the world’s premier fitness festivals, where she set a British record for weightlifting among athletes under the age of 23.
Despite Dynamite’s assertion that she was too young to recall the original series, her parents encouraged her to sign up.
‘Dynamite really does represent who I am and I’m excited to showcase what I can do in the games,’ she said.
People have been warned not to underestimate her because, despite her diminutive appearance, she is prepared to annihilate her opponents.
The Gladiators will compete in a series of brand-new and classic events culminating in the fan-favorite The Eliminator, which will be the ultimate measure of speed and strength.
During its heyday in the 1990s, the original ITV series attracted over 14 million viewers.
Throughout its original run, Ulrika Jonsson, John Fashanu, and Jeremy Guscott presented it.
Although Gladiators was relaunched in 2008, it lasted only two seasons before being discontinued.
Gladiators returns to BBC soon.