Fifty-four–year-old Sean O’Connor from Bruton had his left leg amputated in 2014,
but that won’t stop him from taking on an epic challenge on 19 August at Dorney
Lake. Big, bold and gutsy, Superhero Tri is the debut event in the Superhero Series,
the only sports series dedicated the ‘Everyday Superhero’ – the UK’s 12 million
people with disabilities and long-term injuries.
Sean will be joining over a thousand Superheroes who have already signed up for
the event, as well as a whole host of Paralympians and TV personalities – from the
Last Leg’s Adam Hills to new sporting superstar Kadeena Cox. Twenty celebrities in
all will be taking part to show their support for a series that throws out restrictive
equipment rules and regulations to give people with all kinds of disabilities the
chance to find their inner superpower and achieve an inspirational goal.
The unique challenges are designed to encourage the ‘Everyday Superhero’ to unite
with family and friends to take part in a triathlon with as much or as little support as
Sean will be taking on the half Superhero Tri (400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k push/run)
with his Side-kick son Ethan.
Sean’s Super Skills:
●Earth years: “54”
●Hometown: “Bruton, Somerset”
●Your chosen mission: “To complete in the Half Superhero Tri despite my
●Your disability and how it will challenge you: “I had my left leg amputated
in 2014 after years of pain. I struggled to become mobile and let it get me
down. With lots of encouragement and support from ITV’s Lorraine and
inspired by the likes of Sophia and other Paralympians I was determined to
get back on my ‘foot’ again.”
●Ever done anything like this before? “I did a 5k run in 2016.”
●Sporting super-stripes? “I was sporty when I was young then an accident
put an end to that. I became a rather round couch potato over the subsequent
years. My amputation and subsequent prosthesis has allowed me to try those
things I never thought possible.”
●Why Superhero Tri? “I met Sophia Warner last year and was inspired by her
enthusiasm and I wanted to step up my challenge this year.”
●What you’re most looking forward to: “Joining all the others, either
participating, supporting or cheering everyone on.”
●Your Kryptonite: “The bike ride should be a challenge as I only learnt to ride
a bike again last year.”
●Gadget/s of choice? “My son Ethan as I’m hoping he will carry my leg while I
●Sean’s Superpower: “My family.”
Everyday Superhero Sean said: “I am hugely excited to take part in the Superhero
Series, especially as I can team up with my family in the Superhero Team Tri. I think
that anyone who wants to challenge what is possible should sign up for this unique
Paralympian and Superhero Series founder Sophia Warner from Dorking said: “I am
thrilled that so many Everyday Superheroes now have the opportunity to come
together and compete alongside like-minded individuals. My own experiences,
combined with meeting many sports lovers like Sean over the years who are crying
out for more opportunities are the inspiration for this series.”
There are many challenges taking place on the day, including the Celebrity
Superhero Tri relay. Twenty Celebrity Team Captains will be completing one stage of
the relay (150m swim, 3k bike, 1k push/rush). More big names are to be announced
in the coming months.
For further information, please contact Sophia Warner on 01306 627 301 or email
Or Four Communications on
Notes to Editors
Three ways to take part:
●Team up – do one stage each. Unite with family and friends (disabled and
non-disabled) to share the work and the fun.
●Grab a Sidekick – a world 1st! This is a unique chance for a Sidekick (a
Superhero helper) to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push or pull
them around the bike & push/run stages.
●Fly solo – for those who want to take on all three triathlon stages. Everyone
entering a solo event must consider themselves to have a disability. Details of
an elite race will be announced Jan 2017.
About Superhero Series
●Superhero Series is the only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the UK’s 12 million
people with disabilities – the Everyday Superhero – plus their friends, family and colleagues.
●Founded by Paralympian Sophia Warner, who has been involved in disability sport for 25
years, the debut event will be on Saturday 19 August, 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor.
●It is supported by 20 Celebrity Team Captains, including: Sophie Christiansen, Kadeena Cox,
JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan, Anne Dickins and Megan Giglia
●Superhero Series gives total beginners through to elite athletes the chance to achieve an
●Participants can be as competitive as they like but the priority is on having fun.
The Series will feature a number of events, including:
●Mass-participation triathlons and triathlon relays over three distances (Sprint, Half and Full).
Non-disabled friends and family can participate in the relay provided one relay team member has a
●Sidekick Tri – a unique triathlon where those with disabilities can be propelled around the whole
They can be towed round the swim and pushed and pulled around the Bike and Run stages
●Celebrity Superhero Tri with Team Captains recruiting teammates to join them on a triathlon relay
The Superhero Series is only possible through the support of its sponsors: Irwin Mitchell, Barclays,
Gatwick Airport, Ottobock, Personal Group and Quest 88.