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Love Island’s Hugo Has An Impressive Sports CV

After an extended hiatus due to the pandemic, ITV’s Love Island is making its way back onto our screen (finally!) with a new bunch of hot young singletons hoping to find love and bag a sweet £50,000 cash prize in a glorious summer villa. Ahead of the launch of the new series (set your diaries for June 28), ITV is gradually revealing this year’s islanders, giving die-hard viewers a chance to guess who will be this year’s heartthrob or heartbreaker, including Hampshire hunk Hugo Hammond. If you can’t wait until the series starts, here’s everything we know about Love Island 2021 contestant Hugo.

Turns out, the 24-year-old from Hampshire is a PE teacher at secondary school and, per ITV, “absolutely loves” his job. Before jetting off to the villa, Hugo was all about teaching the younger generation about the importance of being active. “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,” he said in a statement to ITV. I wonder what they’ll make of Mr. Hammond’s Love Island stint...

Hugo only has a following of just over 2,000 followers at present but signs say this number will skyrocket in the next few months. On Hugo’s page, the teacher and cricket player shares photos of his friends, family, and sports with the odd mirror selfie dropped in the mix.

A dedicated sports lover, Hugo is a professional cricket player and has played for the England PD (physical disability) and the sport has taken him “everywhere” including Bangladesh and Dubai. Hugo explained to ITV that he was born with a clubfoot and had “lots of operations as 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,” he shared.

When it comes to Love Island romance, Hugo appears to be more than open to possibility of a new flame, especially after this lockdown. “I’ve been single for a while now,” he shares. “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.”

Given all the contestants will have been stuck in lockdown over the past year, signs say they’ll all be thirsty for romance over the next eight weeks.

Love Island has been delayed for 15 months due to pandemic restrictions, with summer Love Island 2020 cancelled and winter Love Island 2021 was, well, abandoned. However, on June 16, 2021, our prayers were finally answered, with an announcement that season seven was going ahead and the summer of love could finally begin.

Set your calendar for Monday, June 28 as it’s going to be a love-struck eight weeks.