Christine McGuinness breaks down in tears during practice for The Games following autism diagnoses 


Christine McGuinness broke down in tears as she spoke about her autism ahead of the first episode of ITV’s revived version of The Games on Monday.

The 33-year-old revealed last year that she had the developmental condition and has since been diagnosed with ADHD. 

The former model, was told in August that she was ‘high up the spectrum’, having scored highly on a questionnaire measuring for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Difficult: Christine McGuinness broke down in tears as she spoke about her autism ahead of the first episode of ITV’s revived version of The Games on Monday

Speaking in an emotional clip from the first episode, the influencer can be seen leaving the track in tears as she takes some time to come to terms with the daunting task at hand.

Confiding in one of the shows production team, Christine explains how she feared she may not be able to compete on the show due to a fear of large crowds, triggered by her autism. 

She explained: ‘I was diagnosed last year so I will stay where I’m comfortable because of that. 

Overwhelmed: Confiding in one of the shows production team, Christine explains how she feared she may not be able to compete on the show

Overwhelmed: Confiding in one of the shows production team, Christine explains how she feared she may not be able to compete on the show

‘I’m more scared of the stadium that I am of the sport. I wanna give it my best shot but I’m worried that I could simply freeze and say I’m not doing it.

‘I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen cos I’ve got just this one shot to get it right.’ 

Wes Nelson topped the leader board on the night while Chelcee Grimes stormed the women’s 100m race, which was the launch of the series.

Hard times: Speaking in an emotional clip from the first episode, she can be seen leaving the track in tears as she takes some time to come to terms with the daunting task at hand

Hard times: Speaking in an emotional clip from the first episode, she can be seen leaving the track in tears as she takes some time to come to terms with the daunting task at hand

The songwriter, 30, was neck-and-neck with Mel B ‘s daughter Phoenix Chi, 23, and admitted she knew the celebrity offspring would be one to watch in her winner’s speech.

Stealing the show as she beat her rivals to the finishing line, she had been up against Rebecca Sarker, 46, Olivia Attwood , 30, Christine  and Lucrezia Millarini, 46.

Phoenix’s Spice Girl mum cheered her on in the audience as she reached a close second-place, while Tyson Fury joined presenters Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff in the studio. 

Top dog: Wes Nelson topped the leader board in the first episode of ITV's revived version of The Games on Sunday while Chelcee Grimes stormed the women's 100m race, which was the launch of the series

Top dog: Wes Nelson topped the leader board in the first episode of ITV’s revived version of The Games on Sunday while Chelcee Grimes stormed the women’s 100m race, which was the launch of the series

Deserving! The songwriter, 30, was neck-and-neck with Mel B 's daughter Phoenix Chi, 23, and admitted she knew the celebrity offspring would be one to watch in her winner's speech

Deserving! The songwriter, 30, was neck-and-neck with Mel B ‘s daughter Phoenix Chi, 23, and admitted she knew the celebrity offspring would be one to watch in her winner’s speech

Honest: Chelcee admitted she knew the celebrity offspring would be one to watch in her winner's speech

Honest: Chelcee admitted she knew the celebrity offspring would be one to watch in her winner’s speech

Dream team: Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff (both pictured), former footballer and presenter Alex Scott is the trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara is commentator

Dream team: Hosted live by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff (both pictured), former footballer and presenter Alex Scott is the trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara is commentator

In the men’s hammer competition, Ryan Thomas was crowned the winner with a throw of 28.91m after he competed against Kevin Clifton, Wes Nelson, Colson Smith, Josh Herdman and Max George.

Competing in ITV’s The Games are former Love Islanders Chloe Burrows, Olivia Attwood and Wes, Strictly’s Kevin, Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine, The Wanted’s Max George, newsreader Lucrezia, and Emmerdale actor Rebecca.

Rounding out the cast is model Phoenix, songwriter Chelcee, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.

For the synchronised diving round, Wes and Lucrezia bagged themselves a place on the top of the leaderboard with their attempt at a backwards dive.

Colson was paired with Rebecca, Josh with Christine, Phoenix and Max, Wes and Lucrezia, while Olivia and Kevin rounded off the groupings.

Wow! Chelcee and Phoenix certainly kept the audience on the edge of their seats

Wow! Chelcee and Phoenix certainly kept the audience on the edge of their seats

Sportsman: During his appearance, Tyson said of his recent victory against Dillian Whyte, 'Even though you've won, it's like a dip afterwards, it takes about three weeks. I'm still recovering from such a high but still celebrating'

Sportsman: During his appearance, Tyson said of his recent victory against Dillian Whyte, ‘Even though you’ve won, it’s like a dip afterwards, it takes about three weeks. I’m still recovering from such a high but still celebrating’

Doting mum: Phoenix's Spice Girl mother cheered her on in the audience as she reached a close second-place

Doting mum: Phoenix’s Spice Girl mother cheered her on in the audience as she reached a close second-place

 In the men’s 400m, Wes also took first place with 57.58 seconds while Josh took second place. Max George, who sustained an injury, limped over the line after the Love Island star collapsed on the floor in relief.

He told Alex Scott, ‘I’m buzzing, oh my god, that is a killer. I was smiling but that’s only because I didn’t want to cry. I just ran as fast as I could. I knew Josh was quick so I just gave it some beans.’

During his appearance, Tyson said of his recent victory against Dillian Whyte, ‘Even though you’ve won, it’s like a dip afterwards, it takes about three weeks. I’m still recovering from such a high but still celebrating.’

All have been pulled out of their comfort zones to be coached as athletes, swimmers and cyclists to compete in the hope of coming top of the medals table and being crowned the winners.

Hosted live by Holly and Freddie, The Games will also see former professional footballer and presenter Alex Scott as trackside reporter and former professional football player and presenter Chris Kamara as commentator.

Doting girlfriend: Stacey Dooley, whose boyfriend is Kevin Clifton, supported him from the audience

Doting girlfriend: Stacey Dooley, whose boyfriend is Kevin Clifton, supported him from the audience

 The six male and six female competitors will battle it out in the athletics arena, the swimming pool, gymnasium and velodrome.

Each will put their sporting prowess to the test in events from the 100-meter sprint to diving, racking up points on the medals table.

As well as live coverage of the events, each episode will feature the celebrities’ preparation as they’re taught the sports from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches.

They will aim to reach their peak physical condition through their gruelling training programme leading up to the competition.

As the leader board takes shape with each night, the series will culminate in an exhilarating final showdown in which one male champion and one female champion will be crowned.

Exhausted: The Love Island star collapsed on the floor in relief while cameras panned in on him

Exhausted: The Love Island star collapsed on the floor in relief while cameras panned in on him

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