Wednesday 21 March 2018

Strictly date means it is samba time again for Team GB's Rio medallists

Canoeist Joe Clarke will be coming face to face with the judges' paddles
Canoeist Joe Clarke will be coming face to face with the judges' paddles

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing are set to mix things up as they will dance with Team GB Olympic medallists for a BBC Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing 2016 special.

Helen Glover MBE, Hollie Webb, Joe Clarke and Lutalo Muhammad will swap sports gear for glamorous ensembles as they show off their best moves with Strictly professionals Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Pasha Kovalev and Neil Jones.

Gold medal-winning rower Glover will be partnered with Kovalev, whose run on the current series of Strictly ended when partner Naga Munchetty was eliminated.

She admitted that taking part in the charity special will push her "out of my comfort zone" but that she is happy to tackle this "amazing opportunity" after the Rio Olympics.

British hockey player Webb scored the gold medal-winning penalty at the Olympic final in Rio.

She will be dancing with Strictly newcomer Jones, who regularly appears on spin-off programme It Takes Two.

A huge Strictly fan herself, Webb said she is "absolutely overjoyed" to be taking part for the good cause but that she is worried about what she has signed up for.

Slalom canoeist Clarke will dance with Manrara, while taekwondo athlete Muhammad will show off his fighting moves with Clifton, who was partnered on the current series with singer Will Young before he quit.

The sporting Strictly special show will air during the live annual Appeal Night for the popular charity and will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

Children In Need aims to protect every child in the UK and currently supports 2,400 projects across the nation.

Since its creation in 1980, the charity has raised over £600 million.

The Children In Need Appeal Night will air on BBC1 on Friday November 18.

Press Association

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