The Paralympic athlete has said the ballroom dance was the routine she least wanted to start with

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Lauren Steadman has revealed her trepidation at taking on the waltz for her first routine of the series.

The Paralympic champion has said it was the dance she least wanted to attempt first.

In a video post on Twitter, the athlete’s face fell when her professional partner AJ Pritchard broke the news to her.

He said: “Her reaction was interesting. It was just pure shock.”

Lauren added: “Obviously being an athlete, muscles are sore. I think with the waltz it’s the position, it’s the head and the slowness of it.”

Speaking before Lauren won a gold medal at the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia at the weekend, AJ added: “I was over the moon to get Lauren, she’s a fantastic person and so driven and focused.

“I know Lauren has got to go to Australia but I’ve given her her homework.

“When she picks her trophy up she can go into a nice little ballroom hold, that would make me very happy.”

After it was announced she would be partnered with AJ during the launch show, Lauren tweeted: “Over the moon that I’m partnered with @Aj11Ace such an amazing guy! We’ll perfect our signature move.”

The first Strictly Come Dancing live show is on BBC One on Saturday at 6.15pm.