Another season of SAS: Who Dares Wins- Jungle Hell is set to air soon, with multiple people from all walks of life to face their toughest challenge yet. London has lots of representation, with seven people from or living in the capital taking part.
The new batch of recruits will be led by ex special forces operators from both the UK and United States. They will be left in Thung Ui, North Vietnam and be forced to be bolder and braver than ever before.
The latest series of the Channel 4 show comes just months after the Celebrity version finished. Dancer AJ Pritchard, Towie Vet Ferne McCann, Calum Best & ex soap star Maisie Smith emerged victorious in the celebrity spin-off.
Taking the lead this year as Chief DS (directing staff) is Billy (Mark Billingham MBE). He is an expert in jungle warfare, who spent half his decorated military career serving in the jungle.
He’s teamed up with new DS Chris Oliver, whose military experience spans over 16 years, serving all over the globe. Joining those two are Foxy (Jason Fox), and Rudy Reyes from the United States.
LondonWorld has compiled a list from all seven contestants of people who are from or living in London.
Amelia - 28 years-old - Software Account Executive
Amelia has been competitive for most of her life as she used to compete across the UK in
swimming competitions, so this experience should prove natural to herself.
She was later bullied at school for having big muscles and was called ‘Popeye’. This left Amelia with severe confidence issues, which were not aided by the breakdown of her long-term relationship.
When asked why she decided to take part in SAS: Who Dares Wins she said “Because I didn’t think I could do it. I have an inner narrative that tells me I’m not good enough, I’m going to fail, I’m not strong or capable and wouldn’t be able to do it.
“This is a narrative that weighs heavily on me in everyday life so I thought if I could do this I would be able to show myself that I can do anything and quieten or re-write that negative inner dialogue.”
Joshua - 24-years-old - Professional Boxer
Joshua hails from Ilford in East London. He grew up in an area where the ‘weak get eaten’ with his mother, two older brothers and one older sister, with his father not really around much.
He became involved in crime and was charged with possession of an offensive weapon before discovering boxing at the age of 16 and turning his life around and is now an up and coming boxer.
When asked if he learned anything about himself from the experience, he said “That majority of things in life come down to your mindset and how you view a situation. Also that it’s good to get outside my comfort zone, experience new things, meet new people and face my fears head on.”
Hilary (Hils) - 31-years-old - Personal Trainer
Hilary lives in North London with two-year-old daughter and works as a HIIT, boxing and kettlebell instructor and personal trainer. Hilary grew up in a traditional Colombian family and says walking into her mum’s house was ‘like walking into Cali’.
She has also known struggle recently. When she was four months pregnant, her relationship with her partner broke down. She left him and fell into pre and post-natal depression. But two years on, she says she’s in the best shape of her life.
When asked what she hoped to get out of the experience she said “I hoped to find a new, bigger and better me, in order to set new higher goals in life, pass wisdom on to people, and raise my daughter with the best set of values and wisdom I can pass onto her.”
Danica - 36-years-old - Health and Wellness coach
Danica is a yoga teacher and wellbeing and performance coach. Her parents split up when she was younger and she decided to live with her father, who she was very close to. Sadly, he committed suicide and last year and she was unable to see him before he died.
When asked if she managed to confront and shake off lingering demons, she said “I’ve spent the last five years working on my shadows and demons. This course helped me dust off any excess doubt I had about myself. The mental and physical strength to keep going.
“Whether that be climbing that mountain or going to sleep on those army beds in full kit. Being petrified of being woken up in the middle of the night. OCD and needing to be clean is now a thing of the past.
“I will never complain about being dirty ever again! I knew I was a strong person inside and out but I didn’t realise how resilient and capable I am.”
Aliyah - 26-years-old - Influencer
Aliyah was born in South Africa and moved to the UK when she was still a baby. Now, she boasts 175,000 subscribers on YouTube and says she ‘fell into’ influencing after uploading videos to YouTube and hasn’t looked back since.
She has recently suffered two miscarriages at exactly the same time during the pregnancy, and now feels it’s her responsibility to raise awareness of miscarriages. She headed into the show to ‘get her spark back’.
When asked to summarise her SAS: Who Dares Wins experience she said “Life changing, no one will understand unless they walk in your shoes. I went through every emotion but I’m here and I’m glad I did it.”
Scott - 35-years-old - Hedge Fund Trader
Scott was born in Zimbabwe but currently lives in London with his fiancé. Scott had a tough upbringing and was moved around constantly as a child and had to cross the border just to get to school when he lived in Botswana.
Later in life, Scott was sent to boarding school where he unfortunately endured physical and emotional abuse. At the age of 18 his dad gave him the option of flying to the UK to study at university, which Scott agreed to do, hoping for a career in finance.
When asked if he did any preparation for his stint on the show, Scott said “Three hours a day in the gym, composed of weights (Push/Pull Split), weighted incline treadmill marches and bodyweight exercises 6 days a week.”
Levi - 34-years-old - HGV Lorry Driver
34-year-old Levi now works as a HGV Lorry Driver but has had a number of different jobs in the past, some niche ones too including a ballet shoemaker, a shop assistant at Sainsbury’s and a lighting technician.
Levi had an older brother named Joshua and they were extremely close. In 2013 Levi came home to find him dead in the bath, he had died of a brain haemorrhage. Levi tried to do CPR but it didn’t work.
This led Levi down a dark path, and he began to drink heavily. But, a few years ago, Levi moved to the Middle East to stop drinking, and focused on Jiu Jitsu as a force for self-discipline.
When asked why he decided to take part, he said “I took part because I always thought I had what it takes to be in the military I wanted to prove to myself it was not just a fantasy in my head, so I applied and got in and gave it everything I had, my all and then some.”