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Local health and fitness expert is nominated to carry Olympic Torch

PUBLISHED: 09:41 07 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013

Jackie Allen, a Cheltenham health and fitness expert, has been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch

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Jackie Allen, a Cheltenham health and fitness expert, has been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch

Cheltenham-based Jackie Allen only realised she had been nominated when Samsung the sponsors of the torch relay contacted her.

At first, thinking it was a spoof, she ignored the email. Then realising it was genuine she gladly accepted her nomination.

Jackie says, It made me proud to think that one of my clients put me forward; its a fantastic honour. Ive worked in community fitness and health promotion for over 25 years and its easy to forget the effect my work has on the lives of those I come in contact with.

She is still unsure exactly who nominated her but suspects it was one of the members of Take Heart her cardiac support Group based at Elmscroft Community centre in Gloucester.

Im sure the nomination came from a Take Heart member they have a great sense of community and the statement given to the Olympic Torch Relay organisers supporting my nomination mentioned the work Ive done with the cardiac group for over 15 years."

The nomination was given due to her long service to the group in spite of the many hurdles that she has had to overcome. She shows that becoming a single parent and personal tragedies should not hold anyone back from following their dream.

She is waiting eagerly for the next step in the process, hoping to include some of her clients in the actual event.

She says, "Can you imagine, I work with all ages and fitness levels, wouldnt it be great to show off the abilities of my Super Seniors... Id like to have them do it with me. One from each age group from teens through to my lovely 90-year-olds!"

For more info email info@fitnesssolutionsuk.com or call Jackie on 07831 680086.

To see Take Heart in action they meet every Monday and Friday at 10.15am for Aerobic Keep Fit and 11.15am for Chair-Obics at Elmscroft Communtiy Centre, Barnwod, Gloucester.

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