A Battersea fire fighter has been crowned the winner of BBC Three reality show, Last Man Standing.

Wolé Adesemoye, 28, took a break from his fire station in Este Road for the series, which saw him win at stick-fighting in Ethopia, kick-fighting in the Phillipines and a 40km canoe race across Papua New Guinea’s shark-infested coastline.

The 6ft 1in amateur boxer travelled to ten different countries in the second series of the show, competing against five contestants, and native experts in tribal sports.

He said: “It was an epic adventure that I will never forget. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m absolutely thrilled to have won.

“It has also made me incredibly humble and I realise how lucky we are to have things like hot running water.”

Mr Adesemoye said he was inspired to enter the show to make his mother Florence proud, as he did not do well academically at school.

“When I was young I did not do as well as I might have done. I just wanted to make her proud and maybe overcome some fear of failure, “ he added.

The Nigerian-born athlete, from Fulham, who joined the Brigade in 2001, is now part of a team encouraging people into fire service careers.

He said: “I hope I can be a positive role model to black and minority ethnic communities and show that if I can become a fire fighter so can you.”