Love Island’s first disabled contestant to enter villa

Sports fanatic Hugo Hammond will be the first disabled islander to enter the Love Island villa.

The 24-year-old PE teacher and former England PD (Physical Disability) cricketer from Hampshire graduated from Oxford Brookes University.

Explaining his job, Hugo said ahead of appearing on the ITV2 dating show: “I teach secondary school PE. Absolutely love my job. I love all my sports.

"It’s great to be able to pass on that enthusiasm to be physically active to the younger generation and hopefully, they feel the same about me teaching them.”

Hugo was born with clubfoot, and has undergone multiple operations when he was young.

Speaking about the condition, Hugo explained: “I had lots of operations when I was a kid.

“You can only really tell when I walk barefoot. I’ve got a really short Achilles heel. I walk slightly on my tiptoes.”

Hugo is heading into the Love Island villa in hope of finding love. He added: "I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating.

"I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there."

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Love Island has previously been criticised for the lack of diversity entering the villa, with Hugo now being the first-ever disabled singleton to enter.

When defending the show about diversity in 2019 the creative director of ITV Studios Entertainment, Richard Cowles said: “I think we try to be as representative and diverse as possible.

“It has to come back first and foremost – it’s an entertainment show and it’s about people wanting to watch people we’ve got on-screen and then reacting and falling in love with one another.

"Yes, we want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to one another.”

Hugo’s Instagram

You can find Hugo on Instagram @hugo_hammond_ posing in smart suits, hanging out with friends and in speedo stances.

He has (at the time of writing) a following of 3,085 which will no doubt increase during his time in the villa.

Hugo will be joining co-islanders Sharon Gaffka, Aaron Francis and Liberty Poole who have also been confirmed for this year's Love Island.

Be ready to tune in on Monday, June 28 on ITV2 to watch these islanders make their first appearances.

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