Woodford Green children’s hospice worker braves jungle in Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2016
Few people volunteer for army special forces training – which starts by jumping 15 metres into a swirling river in the heart of the Ecuadorian jungle.
But that’s exactly what the PR manager at Haven House Children’s Hospice did, swapping Woodford Green for the sweltering jungle heat as a competitor in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Scott Roberts, 31, of Grove Road, South Woodford, was among the 25 recruits to feature in the series – the second air tonight.
The show puts civilians through an intense course that recreates the special forces selection programme.
Designed to test physical and mental resolve, the current series mirrors jungle training and was filmed at a remote base in Ecuador.
Scott was approached at a boxing club to take part in the series, just four weeks before filming in May.
In the jungle, Scott was put through a range of gruelling tasks, including crawling through mud in full kit and push-ups in the sand.
The recruits’ first task was the bridge jump, before being introduced to lead instructor Ant Middleton, who served as a sniper the Special Boat Service (SBS).
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s former bodyguard Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, who spent 27 years in the SAS, was another trainer.
He described the jungle training on the show: “Put a house on your back, go into the sauna, walk up and down the steps constantly in the sauna and get someone to smash you in the face with a load of sticks.”
Despite finding the environment challenging, Scott managed to complete the first stage.
He talked to Billy about Haven House, based in High Road, before his terrifying bridge jump.
Scott said: “I am really glad that I was able to take part in SAS: Who Dares Wins. The instructors are incredible and I learnt a lot from them.
“Ant was an inspiring leader and off camera gave me advice which I will always remember.
“I was also really lucky to have the support of my colleagues at Haven House who gave me some useful tips which helped me prepare for the jungle and also for seeing rather large creepy crawlies.”
“The worst bit was having to crawl constantly through mud on my front. I’m not planning to do that again in a hurry.”
See how Scott gets on in the second episode on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.
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