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Fatima Whitbread

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread, MBE is a world javelin champion, world record holder and twice Olympic medallist. After Fatima’s inspirational career as an athlete, the former BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner headed the Chafford Hundred elite runners club whose members included Linford Christie and Dame Kelly Holmes. Fatima has served as a school governor, is a qualified javelin coach, and spent many hours reporting at the Olympics.

As well as being the last woman standing on I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here, she cooked her way to total victory on the all-sport-champion’s Come Dine with Me in 2011. In addition she took part in a celebrity version of the Channel 4 show, Total Wipeout. Fatima delved into her family history filming for Channel 5’s My Secret Past-. Fatima had a fitness strand on This Morning and has also taken part on A Question of Sport, The Wright Stuff, Celebrity Blockbusters, Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon and co-fronted the BBC Learning Campaign – Olympic Give an Hour.

Fatima was a contestant on the highly rated ITV series Eternal Glory’- and took part in Pilgrimage: The Road to Istanbul- on BBC 2. She joined six other celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs to tackle a modern-day, 2,200-km pilgrimage across Eastern Europe to the historic city of Istanbul. In 2022 Fatima appeared in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. She broke three of her ribs while jumping out of a helicopter for a challenge but hid her suffering so she wouldn’t be pulled from the show.

She most recently took part in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity South Africa where she came in third place. This was a show where some of the favourite contestants across the series came together to compete against each other.

Fatima has recently launched a campaign called ‘Fatima’s UK Campaign’, aimed at helping children in care and care leavers. The aim is for children to fulfil their positive, potential in an environment which fosters self-worth and confidence by means of providing the necessary support & resources to give each youngster the skills and to become productive members of society.

Fatima’s best selling autobiography Fatima: The Autobiography of Fatima Whitbread was published in 1989. Fatima’s second book, Survivor was published in July 2012 and is a truly inspirational story.

Fatima is an engaging speaker who talks about her rise to success as an Olympic medallist and the trials and tribulations as she reached her goal. In addition she talks animatedly about her TV career from I’m a Celebrity to her more recent documentaries.