Meet Kadeena Cox – I’m A Celebrity 2021 star and parasport athlete

Everything you need to know about the ITV show's Paralympic gold champion Kadeena Cox

I'm A Celebrity 2021 contestant Kadeena Cox

She may have competed in the Paralympics, but can Kadeena Cox become the Queen of the Castle?

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Kadeena is used to performing under pressure, but we will have to wait and see how she copes in the I’m A Celebrity bushtucker trials.

The inspirational athlete is part of the I’m A Celebrity Get me Out Of Here! 2021 line-up who have now headed into the infamous show’s castle.

The sprinter and cyclist is a four-time Paralympic gold champion and has represented Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Before she began filming on I’m A Celebrity 2021, Kadeena said: “My mum thinks I am crazy to be doing it too and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I am also really looking forward to meeting some new people from different walks of life.”

Kadeena went on: “It will be good to push your body in a different way. It will also be good to be out of that head space of constantly trying to get that one per cent extra gain.”

So, without further ado, here is all you need to know about Kadeena Cox.

Who is Kadeena Cox?

kadeena cox

Age: 30

Job: Paralympic athlete

Instagram: @kad21

Twitter: @kad_c

The Leeds-born athlete – who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014 – is known for competing in T38 sprints and C4 para-cycling events.

In the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, she competed in Cycling and Athletics and won two gold medals at the velodrome in the Mixed 750m Team sprint C1C5 and the 500m time trial C4-C5. Cox now holds four Olympic gold medals after previously winning two at Rio 2016.

Cox was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to athletics.

Alongside her athletic triumphs, Cox took part in the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef in 2021 and won. She also took part in The Jump in 2017 and The Great Celebrity Bake Off in 2018.

What has Kadeena Cox said about joining I’m A Celebrity 2021?

Kadeena Cox
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“Going on I’m A Celebrity is something so different for me and it’s completely out of my comfort zone,” Cox said of joining the show.

“As a Paralympian, you are always trying to get that one per cent extra all the time and defending my title earlier this year in Tokyo was the hardest thing I have ever had to do but I think going into the castle is going to be far harder mentally.”

Speaking about how it will be worth putting her training on hold to take part in the show, she added: “It will be good to push your body in a different way. It will also be good be be out of that head space of constantly trying to get that one per cent extra gain.”

On what it would mean for her to win, Kadeena added: “If I were to win I’m A Celebrity as a disabled person and show that I can overcome things, then I think that would be a great thing to show that people with all disabilities can do things”.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! is airing on ITV and ITV Hub.

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