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Granddad wipes out opposition

PUBLISHED: 10:51 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 August 2010

CHAMPION: Victorious Grandfather Derrick Straun on the Wipeout set.

CHAMPION: Victorious Grandfather Derrick Straun on the Wipeout set.

A 57-YEAR-OLD has become the oldest competitor to win the lung-busting hit TV gameshow Total Wipeout. Grandfather-of-six, Derrick Straun, from Sidcup, beat entrants half his age to claim the £10,000 prize on Saturday in the BBC show, where contestants ta

A 57-YEAR-OLD has become the oldest competitor to win the lung-busting hit TV gameshow Total Wipeout.

Grandfather-of-six, Derrick Straun, from Sidcup, beat entrants half his age to claim the £10,000 prize on Saturday in the BBC show, where contestants tackle a whacky obstacle course and a series of brutal physical challenges.

Mr Straun confessed that he does have the kind of competitive streak that sees other dads groan in dismay when he shows up for the parents' race on sports day at Merton Court Primary, where his youngest son Jordan, 11, attends.

"I was so excited to be chosen out of all the thousands that apply," said the owner of Linkstar Recovery services, based in Sidcup. "I am the oldest person to enter the Wipeout zone and the oldest to win. I intend to defend that crown, it doesn't matter what age I am.

"It's how you feel, not how old you are that is important."

As the series is filmed months in advance, he had to keep the result a secret, inviting his family and grand children round last Saturday evening to watch it. He added: "You couldn't here yourself talk they were screaming at the TV screen that much.

"They are very proud of their granddad.


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