There’s a lot going on in season 2 of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Shouting instructors, endurance tests and constant mental stress means it can be tricky to keep track of who’s who. Not everyone can emerge from the jungles of Ecuador a winner - here are eight contestants we think have a good chance of making it out the other side.
Background: He’s a one-time British Masters cycling champ who was banned from competition in 2015 for drug use. At the time he claimed a used syringe was responsible for the adverse finding. Will he find redemption under the pressure of jungle training?
Quote: “Winning is a big thing, a great thing. When you win, your family, friends and teammates give you praise. It’s a great feeling.”
Mohammed Abdul Razak
Background: Born in Iraqi but now living in Salford, this 21-year-old student soon finds himself in the deep end despite a considerable amount of preparation.
Quote: “Am I really going to get through the next couple of weeks of this? What am I doing here?”
Background: He’s a PR manager working at a children’s hospice, which means he’s already seen more than his fair share of suffering. Dealing with sick kids can’t be easy either.
Quote: “Put a house on your back, go into the sauna, walk up and down the steps constantly in the sauna, and get someone to smash you in the face with a load of sticks. That’s training.”
Background: The 25-year-old father of two and former drug dealer was sentenced to four years in prison in 2012 for his role in an armed robbery - he was the getaway driver. Has the experience hardened him for competition in the jungle?
Quote: “I only had one goal in mind: don't quit, no matter how difficult the task was. I had it in mind that I would never give up. I did not care if I was the last man standing or the first to go, I only had one goal.”
Background: A 29-year-old businessman with a younger brother in the army, he signed up on a dare with a mate, only to find his mate never signed up at all. But with a father who passed away five years earlier, is there a deeper motive behind why he’s putting himself through hell?
Quote: “Like most people, I watched the first series and thought, 'Yeah, I could do that. No problem.' Oh, how wrong I was. Physically, we all knew it was going to be tough so prepared as best we could. My attitude was firstly to be myself (they will find you out) and secondly back yourself. Don’t let them plant seeds of doubt… which they will.”
Background: He’s a sales director and at 44 he’s also the oldest contestant. Son James was in the military and was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2013. The sentimental favourite (and a nice bloke, too) - get ready for the tears to flow when he talks about how this experience has brought him closer to his son.
Quote: “I always feel like he’s part of me. He’ll always be with me. James wasn’t just my son, he was one of the best friends I had and will ever have.”
Background: He’s a 20-year-old chef who, unlike just about everyone else who goes through this hellish experience, has since been talking about his desire to join the military and do it all again for real. Clearly doing push-ups on anthills is more fun than it looks.
Quote: “I originally wanted to go on the show for attention. I was an egotistical young teen and I wanted to show people how tough I was and have a social media buzz with people talking about me. Coming out of the show, I don’t care about that. I’ve matured through it.”
Background: Ten years ago, Steven joined the military, but after 18 months he developed a gambling addiction and was discharged. Since then, he’s struggled with drinking, spent time on the streets and was given a prison sentence after breaking into a pub. Now at 27, he’s got something to prove.
Quote: “[Being discharged] destroyed me. I ended up homeless drinking myself into the ground as I couldn’t handle the pain and pride I had lost. But I never give up I keep fighting.”
Watch the second season of SAS: Who Dares Wins on Mondays at 9:30pm on SBS.
Missed the first episode? Watch it right here: