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John was plagued with weak lungs when very young. Every sniffle ended up as Bronchitis, and 2 weeks of lying in bed, missing his mates at School, and feeling sorry for himself.
Alongside that, he nearly drowned when aged 2 by falling face first in a puddle only several inches deep, when his Mum was distracted for a second. His Mum, Joan, was determined he should learn to swim at the earliest opportunity.
He had his half mile swimming badge by the age of 8, and gradually, colds became colds, and didn’t mean weeks off School. As a result of the difference improved lung strength made to his health, his parents encouraged him to take up more sports.
He never has been very good at any sport, but is well above average in most sports he puts his mind to. At the age of 11, not long after the Bronchitis incidents, he was in the top 2 in his School Year for Cross Country running, and is still throwing himself around a Badminton court, with little regard for injury to himself or others, to this day.
Although he has little memory of any of these Childhood illnesses, they have stayed with him, creating a lifelong interest in Sports, Health and Fitness. His experience has made him very conscious of the little things we can do that make a huge long term difference to our wellbeing.
He graduated from Imperial College in 1984 with a Degree in Chemistry, but until recently spent many years managing Supermarkets at various levels.
If you should meet him, don’t ask about his other passions in life, Blackpool FC and Music, unless you have a few hours to spare, and a good ear for listening, as many a time I have found out to my cost!