Paralympic runner Richard Whitehead to compete in diving show 'Splash!'

Paralympic runner to compete in 'Splash!'
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Paralympic runner Richard Whitehead will compete in this Saturday's installment of ITV diving show Splash!.

Paralympic runner Richard Whitehead will compete along with a number of celebrities in the latest installment of ITV's diving show Splash!.

The 37-year-old double amputee, who will dive without his prosthetic legs, is hopeful that he can encourage disabled people to also take on the challenge.

"I'm a double leg amputee, which affects my mobility but I use prosthetics," the Daily Star quotes Whitehead as saying. "I won't be using them when I dive though.

"I wanted a fresh challenge and I also wanted to encourage people with disabilities to try diving themselves."

Whitehead will take part in the show, which has Olympic diver Tom Daley as a mentor, on Saturday evening.

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the line first in the Men’s T42 200mduring day three of the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013 at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 28, 2013
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