SAS: Who Dares Wins recruit reveals epilepsy condition
Recruit, Jani on hit Channel 4 show, SAS: Who Dares Wins reveals he is living with ‘mild epilepsy’.
The show follows five ex-special forces soldiers who recreate the SAS's secret selection process and put recruits through it, in the ultimate test of their physical and psychological resilience.
At the beginning of the episode, recruits are given the option to either take part or opt-out of the boxing challenge. Six out of the seventeen that remain decide not to take part, the first one being Jani.
On his decision, Jani said:
I have mild epilepsy. I can’t apply for the army anyway, so doing this course is the closest opportunity I have to experiencing the real SAS selection.
It did sometimes make me feel like I needed to prove myself a bit extra, I didn’t want people to think that because I had epilepsy I was weak.
After a full day of training, Jani visited the doctor, Sandeep, as he was concerned that he pushed himself too hard and felt scared that a seizure might occur. However, Sandeep, who knows the details of his Jani’s epilepsy, considered it mild enough for him to take part in the whole course.
Further into the episode, Chief Instructor Ant and one of his elite team interviewed Jani. They questioned why he didn’t take part in the boxing but did in the ‘Murderball’ challenge, with Jani explaining that he had been playing rugby his whole life and reiterated that he didn’t want to take the risk of injury because of his condition.
The interview ended with:
I think you’re a lot more capable than you make out to be, I’ve seen it. If you could put that to one side, I think you could do extremely well.
Ant, Chief Instructor
At the end of the episode the recruiters who originally didn’t take part in the boxing challenge are asked whether they would be willing to fight again. Jani, along with the others all decide to take part. Clearly impressed, Chief Instructor Ant praises Jani for taking their advice on board, saying that he deserved a place on the course.
Young Epilepsy would like to wish Jani the best of luck with the rest of his time on the programme and thank him for showing that having epilepsy shouldn’t restrict you from achieving your goals.