Peacock challenges public to embrace Parasport
Twinkle-toed two-time Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock showed the way on Strictly Come Dancing and now wants the public to take up the baton through Parasport.
The 25-year-old sprinter is back on the track after a year off and all roads lead to the Tokyo Paralympics in 18 months, with November's IPC World Championships a vital staging post towards Japan.
But true to his status as a trailblazer for disability sport, he's now playing his part in a new online hub, which aims to empower disabled people with the information they need to become more active.
Figures show that 42% of disabled people don't exercise, compared to 25% of the general population overall, and Peacock feels the campaign will break vital new ground, just as he did under the glitter ball.
"It's a fantastic scheme," said Peacock, speaking at the launch of the initiative backed by Paralympics sponsor Toyota.
"I remember when I was 15 and trying so hard to find disability sport in my area on my bedroom computer.
"I think I managed to find two clubs for me in five hours of searching, it was just demoralising, so I kind of left it there.
"It wasn't easy then but now it is. It's the simplest thing in the world, you can search by your postcode."
Peacock returned to action after 12 month planned sabbatical at the Great North City Games last September and ran 7.26 seconds over 60 metres at the City of Birmingham Games last month.
"It's good being back training and this is a big season for me, Strictly was great fun but very different to what I'm used to," added Peacock, who launched the initiative with schoolchildren in Chislehurst.
"The pressure of that was immense. It comes back to what we want to engender in para-sport, it's about people putting themselves out there.
"The fear of taking that first step on the dancefloor was massive.
"There's a lot of sports out there people don't know about, it might be a lack of knowledge or fear.
"Sport changes moods, lives and conversations within minutes and we want to transfer that to people at home.
"There's so much around, for everybody, who can just do something they're happy with, get out there, be active and enjoy life again."