A NEWBURY superhero has won the chance to compete alongside a Paralympian as part of a prestigious sports series this summer.

Greg Rose was chosen to be part of Anne Dickins' team in the Celebrity Superhero Tri Series in August to raise awareness for disabilities in sport.

Since developing a debilitating spinal condition known as spina bifida, Greg has had to rely on a wheelchair, but he has fought against the odds to shine for the Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Team.

He said: “I would love to show that at 45 and with spina bifida I can still compete at a good level and it would be amazing to represent my basketball team as part of a superhero team.

“I am looking forward to taking part in such a unique, trailblazing event. I am fundraising for my wheelchair basketball team and my superpower is my sunny disposition, as I always try to look on the bright side.”

Greg, 45, will be competing in one of 12 teams headed by celebrity guests, including comedian and host of Channel 4's Last Leg, Adam Hills.

Paralympic canoeist Anne Dickins will be leading Greg's team at the Superhero Series on Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire, with every team member required to do a 150m swim, 3k bike ride or 1k push/rush.

Superhero Series is the only event of its kind dedicated to supporting the 12 million people living in the UK with a disability and was founded by Paralympic runner, Sophia Warner.

She added: “I am thrilled that Greg is joining forces with Team Anne to make a super team. The Celebrity Superhero Tri Series is going to be a fun-fuelled start to the Superhero Series and I cannot wait for August.”

To find out more about Superhero Series or to register visit www.superheroseries.co.uk and @superherotri on twitter.