Joanne grew up hating strenuous activity and was notoriously bad at games and sport. By 20 she was a heavy drinker and smoker when she had a significant health scare. Subsequently she joined the Territorial Army as a combat medic which proved strong motivation for excercise. She took her role fitness seriously and made the life changes needed for her to be a real part of the reserve forces. Jo is now a successful athlete dedicated to arduous training and has completed several marathons, up to Ironman distance triathlons and was recently 3rd female and first Brit in the Himalayan 100 mile race and 2nd vet in the Belfast Marathon. Raising money for charity has remained Jo's motivation and through running, cycling and adventure races she has raised thousands of pounds for good causes. Jo's love of challenge has inspired family and friends to join her in aid work across the world from Orang-utan rehabilitation in Borneo to Tsunami relief in Sri Lanka. Closer to home jo is committed to a variety of charity events from corporate initiatives to the local charity horse show. Jo is now also dedicated to promoting sport at all levels. A committee member of Thornbury Running club she is incomparably enthusiastic about encouraging others and always takes time to introduce newcomers and reluctants to the sport. It is Jo's relentless energy and optimism that has been an inspiration to so many including myself and involvement in London 2012 would be well deserved.