Johnson Beharry: Public support on Dancing On Ice "has been overwhelming"

Johnson Beharry

War hero Johnson Beharry has said that the support he has received from the public on Dancing On Ice has been overwhelming. The VC holder said that he hoped by taking part in the show he could prove that others in similar positions can do many things if they put their minds to it.

Chatting to TV Times about his stint on the programme, Johnson said: "It has been overwhelming. A lot of people have been asking for my advice and I've been speaking to them on Twitter. Every comment has been positive - people say I inspire them. I thank them and continue my journey.

"For me the programme isn't about competing, it's about healing myself so I can help others to do the same. I am here to show everyone who has an injury that there is life after what happened to them. They just need to adjust and work within their limits and then they can achieve what they set out to do."

He added: "It's actually really good because now I'm getting to use that power to help others and to show them what they could do if they put their mind to it."

The former soldier, who suffered horrific injuries in Iraq when he twice risked his life to save comrades, revealed he was also using the competition as a "rehab". "Every day I'm doing something new and I'm getting stronger, not only as a skater but within myself - physically and mentally," he explained.

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