We already knew she had superstar potential but Serve On’s own pocket dynamo Dionne Procter showed the TV-watching nation what she’s made of on Saturday’s Ninja Warrior UK.
Tomorrow morning she’ll get a chance to do it again on GMTV.
International Response Team (IRT) recruit Dionne took on the toughest obstacle course on TV last weekend and certainly impressed hosts Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris ‘Kammy’ Kamara.
Project officer Dee was among dozens of competitors, including Team GB athletes, boxers, fire-fighters and professional personal trainers, racing against the clock to try to make the show’s semi-final.
She was one of the first women to beat the Floating Steps, hazard, the Tic Toc pendulum AND the Spinning Bridge obstacle, but that was no surprise to her Serve On colleagues.
The Ninja Warrior UK course may be harder than ever this year, but it’s no tougher than selection for Serve On’s IRT which Dionne passed with flying colours in order to start training as a volunteer disaster response technician.
As the crowd, and her family, roared her on, Dee launched herself at the Cargo Net only for the tassles to fray under her grip and she plunged into the water below.
It was the same point on the course that former McFly singer Harry Judd fell short.
It meant Dionne won’t get the chance to attempt the 22-metre rope climb to the top of the ‘Mount Midoriyama’ obstacle, but she already has higher aspirations…to selflessly help people in disaster situations.
She is just one of the ‘ninja’ female volunteers we have undergoing the arduous training to become fully-badged members of Serve On’s International Response Team – our own humanitarian Lara Crofts.
And our male recruits are pretty ‘ninja’ too.
Dionne admitted she had never watched Ninja Warrior UK before, because she had never owned a TV, but her parents suggested she apply, so she did.
She said: “If I had managed to complete the cargo net obstacle I would have just had the Pipe Climber, which I think was easier, and then I would have been through to try to reach the top of the Warped Wall, but I was just a bit unlucky.”
Tomorrow morning she’ll be on GMTV and may get the chance to take on weatherman Alex Beresford in a challenge.
Alex should know all about Serve On because he presented the Channel 4 series Britain’s Most Extreme Weather which featured our volunteers’ deployment to the flooding in Cumbria and North Yorkshire in 2015.
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