David grabs glory in battle of Gladiators

Lionheart David Staff took on the full force of the Gladiators on his way to winning a £25,000 top prize.

The 29-year-old beat thousands of competitors to make it onto Sky 1 show Gladiators and last night he was crowned champion.

David, a Kettering Council sports coach, said: "I just couldn't believe it when I realised I had won."

He beat HGV driver Kris Stirk to be crowned champion.

David said he had always been a fan of the show and was delighted to scoop the cash prize after pulling out of the show's auditions last year following a football injury.

He said: "There is an event called Pyramid and I managed to make it to the top which was crucial as it meant I had a six-and-a-half second lead going into the eliminator.

"At the end all my family and friends were there cheering me on and I will always remember that moment when I won.

"The effect they had cheering me on was amazing "I remember seeing my sister going mad in the crowd and thinking to calm down."

Throughout the heats and final he was cheered on by fiancee Charlotte, daughter Bethany, three, and son Harrison, one, who were ever present at the Wembley studios where the show was filmed.

He said: "I have been lucky throughout the series as I have had the chance to play every game.

"Duel was definitely the most difficult as I didn't score any points, but I think I did well in other events because my strengths are that I am agile but strong.

"Once I got through to the the final I was invited to take part in the Champion of Champions show against the winner of the first series with the winner getting 5,000 to give to charity."

David will be competing in the Champion of Champions on Sunday at 6pm on Sky 1.

If he beats series one winner Simon Wray he will donate the prize money to Rainbows, the East Midlands children's charity.