HEATHER Mills hopes to be in pole position when she takes up her place in a televised ski slope challenge.
The former model-turned-philanthropist and campaigner from Washington is in the line up for this year’s series of The Jump, which starts on Channel 4 on Sunday.
The team behind the show say this time it will be bigger, better and more daring than before, with episodes to feature more live events and see the celebrities take on a new range of exhilarating winter sports and heart-thumping live eliminator.
Among those who will fight for the Jump Cowbell trophy, first won by Joe McElderry, are ex-England Rugby captain Mike Tindall, Jackass star Steve-O, JLS singer JB Gill, dancer Louie Spence, Gogglebox star Dom Parker, television and radio presenter and former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and The only Way is Essex personality Joey Essex.
Heather, who lost her left leg below the knee when she was hit by a police motorcycle in 1993, believes it will be Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth who will be her main opponent and has sought the advice of last series’s cast Sinitta in preparation for her appearance.
The 47-year-old could not be part of the show last year as she was making a bid to be part of Britain’s Paralympic team last year, but did not win a place in the squad after clashing with its coaches.
She said: “Name every bone in my body – it’s been broken.
“When you injure yourself you either become braver and more tenacious or you give up. “At one point, I may go, ‘That’s too many injuries.’
“But most of the top level ski racers have had major injuries. It’s part and parcel of it.”
She also aims to better her own achievements in the sport as she competes against the others.
“I’m very competitive with myself. As long as I’m doing my best, then I’m happy.”
The first of the shows, presented by Davina McCall and staring Winter Olympian Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards as a tutor, will air at 7pm on Sunday, and continues at 8pm through the week.