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Olympian supports Hackney’s fitness scheme for women

FOR THE GIRLS: Long jump star Jade Johnson

LONG JUMP Olympics athlete, Jade Johnson, is supporting a new campaign that features free taster sports classes for Hackney women and girls.

Johnson, whose love for athletics started at her primary school, has decided to adhere to the east London council's healthy plans for girls age 14 and above.

The for the Girls programme offers ladies who want to get sporty, to drop into the women-only free classes hosted by the council. Football, netball, badminton and exercise classes are some of the activities available as part of the programme, according to the Hackney Gazette.

Johnson had her first Olympics experience in 1988 in Seoul, despite facing hard times with racism. But after meeting her mentor Flo-Jo, she was prompted towards achieving that dream.

The athlete, who is allergic to sand, came second in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Later she won the silver medal at the 2002 European Championships.

ATHLETE: Johnson is supporting a fitness scheme run by Hackney Council

Johnson, 34, is very excited about the east London scheme, and she looks forward to it.

She said: "The events are really fun and inspirational. It is so important for women and girls to take part in exercise. It helps you get fit but also and build your confidence."

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