Aylesbury international athlete Ben Gregory has made a shortlist of three UK athletes who are hoping to take on the Paco Rabanne Invictus challenge and be in with a shot of winning €50,000 for their chosen charity project.
The Invictus Award pits seven athletes from across the globe against one another, each fighting to be crowned champion and win the cash prize.
The seven contenders will face various gruelling athletic challenges and Ben has been short-listed to represent the UK. The voting takes place from January 5 until the 18th.
The Aylesbury-born athlete, who competes in the decathlon for Great Britain and Wales, said: “Representing the UK in the Invictus Award would be an amazing opportunity. I really hope I can win the public vote and bring the award back to the UK.
“I’m totally committed to my project and would like to win not just for myself, but for all the children across the United kingdom that I look to inspire with the award.”
Ben, who grew up in Aylesbury and went to Aylesbury Grammar School, first realised he could become an international athlete through his first club, the Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a memorable 2014, finishing sixth in the Commonwealth Games before being named Welsh Male Athlete of the Year.
He added: “I have been competing for Great Britain and Wales in the decathlon for over five years now and my personal highlight was the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where I battled back from an injury-ridden season to finish in sixth place in the decathlon with a new lifetime best performance.
“To compete on an international stage in the decathlon requires speed, power, endurance and a ruthless competitive nature. All these attributes coupled with the fact I’m physically in the best shape of my life show I have all the skills required to win the Invictus Award Season 3.”
If Ben wins the Invictus Award, he will use the prize money to maximise opportunities given to the next generation of young athletes.
He explains: “My sporting project builds on the Lord Sebastian Coe’s legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.
“I want to give real opportunities to the next generation of children who were inspired by the success of our home Games, offering them the chance to train at our elite high performance centres with international athletes – giving them a chance to excel at a sport they’ve not had access to in the past.
“Winning this award will provide children in the UK with an amazing opportunity to experience my sport and possibly discover talented individuals and provide them with pathways to develop their skills and stay in the sport.
“Athletics has shaped my life for the past 10 years and now I want to share it with those who could really benefit from the experience.
“Vote for me and I will bring the Invictus Award back to the United Kingdom!”
To vote for Ben, go to http://invictusawards.menshealth.co.uk/vote/single/ben-gregory. If chosen to represent the UK, Ben will face six other international competitors in a week’s long physical competition at a neutral location. All of the action will be broadcast online, with viewers voting for their ultimate champion.
For more, visit http://www.pacorabanne.com/invictus.