Who is Kadeena Cox? Meet the I'm A Celeb contestant and Leeds Paralympian who competed at Tokyo 2020

Paralympian Kadeena Cox entered I'm A Celeb last night in her second reality show appearance of the year.

Monday, 23rd August 2021, 1:29 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd November 2021, 4:42 pm
The parasport athlete entered the competition last night. Photo: ©ITV/Lifted Entertainment/Joel Anderson

The parasport athlete entered the competition last night and has since stated that the I'm A Celeb crew have adapted the Bushtucker Trials around her disability.

Read More

Read More
I'm A Celebrity 2021 line up: the Leeds contestants Matty Lee, Kadeena Cox and D...

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014, Cox originally practiced as an able-bodied athlete before acquiring the classifications needed to compete as a parasport athlete that same year.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

After gaining these classifications the sports star went on to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, bringing home two gold medals for the United Kingdom.

Here is everything you need to know about the gold medallist and I'm A Celeb contestant Kadeena Cox.

Who is Kadeena Cox?

Cox is a TV presenter and British parasport athlete competing in T38 para-athletics sprint events and C4 para-cycling events.

Earlier this year Cox competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, bringing home two gold medals in the velodrome in the mixed 750m team sprint C1-C5 and the 500m time trial C4-C5.

She had previously competed in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio and won one bronze and two gold medals at the Games, becoming the first British Paralympian to achieve two gold medals from two different events since 1984.

How old is Kadeena Cox?

Kadeena Cox was born on 10 March 1991 in Leeds.

She is currently 30-years-old.

When was she diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Cox had been competing as an able-bodied athlete until recent years, frequently participating in 100m and 200m events such as the BUCS Championships and the Northern Athletics Championships.

In May 2014 she was rushed to hospital after displaying symptoms of having suffered a stroke, however after extensive testing she was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

What other shows has she been in?

In more recent years, Cox has featured as a celebrity guest in challenge-type shows including Celebrity Mastermind, The Jump and The Great Celebrity Bake Off.

This year the Paralympian took on the challenge of competing in Celebrity Masterchef- winning the competition in August.

She competed alongside TV personalities Joe Swash and Megan McKenna in the final, beating them both with her torched salmon starter, Caribbean curried goat pie and Choux au Craquelin.

Winning the competition now puts her alongside other athlete Masterchef champions, including Greg Rutherford, Matt Dawson and Phil Vickery.

Where can I watch I'm A Celebrity?

I'm A Celebrity airs at 9pm on ITV every night, with the occasional 9.15pm slot..

Episodes last an hour or an hour and 15 minutes, and viewers can catch up with them on the ITV Hub streaming service after they air.

Although the number of episodes for this series has not yet been announced, it is believed that the show will follow the same format as last year with a run of 20 episodes.

This means that the final will take place on Friday 10 December.

Support the YEP and become a subscriber today. Enjoy unlimited access to local news and the latest on Leeds United, With a digital subscription, you see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe.