September 20th, 2014
TV presenter Alex Brooker has won £25,000 for Panathlon in a celebrity edition of popular ITV game show ‘The Chase’.
The Panathlon charity patron, who co-hosts The Last Leg on Channel 4, impressed with his general knowledg skills to claim the prize on the prime time Saturday evening show.
The 30-year-old answered questions on a range of topics – including the Beano, boy band N-Sync and the Royal Family – to beat ‘The Chaser’ in his individual round and book a place in the Final Chase.
In a tense final round, he and his team mates – actress Samia Ghadie, TV presenter Annabel Giles and comedian Julian Clary – performed brilliantly to beat The Chaser and share a total prize fund of £100,000.
The £25,000 prize will help Panathlon to provide more disabled youngsters with an opportunity to play competitive sport, much to the delight of Alex, whose competitive streak stood him in good stead to beat The Chaser.
“What I love about Panathlon is that it is inclusive and competitive at the same time. That’s why it’s so important,” said Alex, pictured above having a go at New Age Kurling at the Panathlon London Final.
“There is so much adaptive sport and everyone can do it. It’s good fun, but there’s a competitive element to it too. I love that because I’m really competitive. Just because you’re disabled doesn’t mean you can’t be competitive. I love that there’s both sides to it.”
In the 2013/14 season, Panathlon provided multi-sport competition for over 4,000 disabled children at more than 80 events across England.
Panathlon is growing all the time, with new areas getting involved every year and the money that Alex has won will help to make a real difference to disabled youngsters across the country.
So well done Alex and a huge thank you from everyone at Panathlon!