As a former British polevault champion and 'Zodiac' on TV's Gladiators, I have been passionate about fitness and sport all my life. In fact the power we had on Gladiators to engage and influence a generation of kids and families is something I have never forgotten and made my purpose ever since. In my 20’s i developed CICA Superschools, a UK fitness initiative with various sporting personalities which grew from from 30 schools - to 650 schools a year.
At the height of my athletics career and Gladiators fame, I broke my neck during a live arena show just before the Sydney Olympics. It was a disaster and the outlook for my mobility was bleak, but i was determined to turn serious adversity in to a postitive, regain fitness and dedicate myself to motivating, inspiring and coaching. I established one of the UK's most successful boot camps and I also ploughed my energies into working with children. Now many up and coming GB athletes work with us, mentoring and coaching young children in their communities. As a mother of three myself I am well aware they are the future and we have to make sure the future is active, fit and healthy!
I approached my friend Daley Thompson, double Olympic decathlon champion and sporting legend, to endorse and help develop our programme.
Our first After School Club 'Run, Jump, Throw' launched to great interest in 2008, and helped address what we believed was a significant gap in grassroots athletics for children.
We now work in numerous counties, specialising in After School Clubs, activity programmes, online teacher resources for fitness and athletics, and also holiday clubs.
We take pride in the fact that many youngsters on our clubs are the "hard to reach children" who would normally shy away from games, PE and team sports. We aim to inspire them regardless of their ability and that they develop a love of physical activity which they will take into adult life.
Our aim is to encourage children to be brave, to push themselves to be the best they can be and not to be afraid of failing in the pursuit of their passions.
Of course we don’t promise to make every child an Olympian or a Gladiator! But we can show them that being active, fit and healthy is fun and brings its own rewards.