The Apprentice has announced its first ever disabled candidate in the 2019 line-up.
Souleyman Bah is an up and coming athlete Great Britain Paralympic Olympic Team, specialising in sprinting, while working as a motivational speaker for schools.
The 20-year-old para-athlete has already dabbled in reality TV with an appearance on The Undateables, where unfortunately he was stood up.
Souleyman suffers was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Retina Pigmentosa at the age of 6 which renders him visually impaired.
Announcing the news on Twitter , he said: “BIG NEWS: BBC’s @the apprentice will have its first disabled candidate in the history of the show and guess who it is? Honoured to be a candidate for this year, fingers crossed I get that 250k. First episode airing 2nd October BBC1 9pm. Let’s get it! #theapprentice #2020vision”
Souleyman is inspired by late musician Ray Charles because “he made blindness cool and achieved immense success despite his disability”.
He plans to be brutally honest, bold and fight for his place by trying to keep Lord Sugar’s attention on him.
The young businessman says: “The less sight I have, the more imagination I gain, because what you see is what you see and what you don’t see is when the magic begins.”
Souleyman’s biggest achievements in sport so far has been winning a gold medal in the 100 meters at the Paralympic School Games, which were held in Natal, Brazil in November 2015.
The athlete, who qualifies for the T13 bracket, has high ambitions of representing Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and hopes to win a medal.
He previously said: “When you see less and less of the faces of the people you love, you worry about one day going blind.
“But when your vision for the future is bigger and clearer than what you see around you, sight becomes a distraction. Because what you see is what you see, and what you don’t see is where the magic begins.”
Souleyman will be one of the sixteen candidates hoping to impress Lord Sugar when The Apprentice returns next month.
The series kicks off with a bang when the hopefuls are whisked off to Cape Town, South Africa for one of the toughest tasks ever.
Baroness Brady and Claude Littner return as Lord Sugar’s trusted advisors, who are once again on hand to scrutinise the candidate’s every move and help decide who will be fired.
*The Apprentice begins on Wednesday 2 October at 9pm on BBC One