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Aaron Hussain talks about his Bring it on Joy

29 Nov

What is your name and why did you enter the Bring it on awards?

My name is Aaron Hussain I am 26 and from Torbay in Devon.

I entered the comp in hope to win a bursary (but never thought I actually would!!!) to help fund a trek up to Uhuru Peak (5785m), Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and its sufferers. My Mother has suffered with the illness since I was 4, nearly 23 years, and I wanted to bring to light the emotional turmoil sufferers and their family’s deal with on a daily basis and to just make more people aware of the illness.

How has the bursary helped you with your passion since the awards?

Well where do I start!!! First was the purchase of some much needed equipment and training aids such as a new Berghaus pack and new sticks… it has paid for a trip to Scaffell Pike in the Lake District in January 2011 to carry out a week’s training and to summit of course, and has helped with a six month membership to my local pool where I can train no matter what the weather. The cost of the trek is £2000 which thanks to BIOB was easily met… and the fact that I didn’t have to worry about that meant I have been able to concentrate on raising even more funds with the help of Bridgwater College!!!!

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to summit Kilimanjaro in April 2011, after that will be a busy year for me , I have just completed a National Diploma in Animal Care and Management at Paignton Zoo with Bridgwater College and plan to go to university next year to get my Degree in Zoology, who knows you may see me on T.V one day chasing exotic animals !!! Lol

What advice would you give to other people out there with passions who may be struggling to achieve them?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” don’t be beaten… the world is your oyster, if you believe you can do it, then trust me YOU CAN !!!

T.E Lawrence once said

“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity;

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”

If people want to find out more about your passion where should they go?

Visit my Facebook Page and add me, all details regarding the trek will be added to my Facebook page, there will also be a website constructed soon. Details will be posted on my Facebook page which is :-

Any final thoughts on how you have found the whole experience?

Totally overwhelming, I never thought I was in for a chance.. but thanks to you guys at BIOB and to all the people involved with the voting and so on .. what was once a dream has now become a reality.. I get the chance to “BRING IT ON “… and to raise awareness for millions of sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis and their families.


An interview with Bring it on award winner Jenny Whelan

16 Nov

What is your name and why did you enter the Bring it on awards?
Jenny Whelan – I entered the awards to achieve my dream of becoming a stunt performer by becoming a member of the UK Stunt register.

How has the bursary helped you with your passion since the awards?
Becoming a stunt performer is quite complicated and a very long process. To become a member of the stunt register you have to be county/competitive level in 6 sports/disciplines in the following categories and have 60 days paid work in front of a camera.

1) Fighting – example: Karate (Brown belt and above)
2) Falling – example: Trampoline and High Diving Stunt Test
3) Water – example: Padi Dive Master
4) Strength and Agility – Example: Gymnastics Stunt Test
5) Riding and Driving – Example: Competitive Motocross

Prior to the award I had attended the Australian Stunt Academy, learning how to fall, how to get blown up and how to fight safely. I have completed four of the above areas (Gymnastics, scuba diving, swimming, high diving) but needed to complete trampolining and martial arts. Since obtaining the award I have joined a trampoline club and a Taekwondo club. I was a trampolinist when younger and already had quite a bit of Taekwondo experience (English Blue belt Champion is 2007). The funding has also enabled me to join several extra agencies, the normal way potential stunt performers achieve the required days in front of a camera. Without the bursary I would not have joined both clubs and as many extra agencies. I also needed to film each area for the Stunt committee. The Flip camera has been amazing. I will let you see the film soon!

What are your plans for the future?
To get onto the stunt register – keep going, completing the requirements and finally becoming one of only a few stunt women in the UK!

What advice would you give to other people out there with passions who may be struggling to achieve them?
Do not give up, life is not a dress rehearsal – live without any regrets so don’t put those dreams off. All dreams begin with one small step so take that first step! Also being part of a community that believe in your dreams help.

If people want to find out more about your passion where should they go? For further information on the entry requirements for stunt performers email Equity or email: .

Any final thoughts on how you have found the whole experience?

The awards have not only given me a massive boost financially, but helped with motivation and enthusiasm. The BIOB wall community spirit has helped so much too. Before the award I was very close to thinking that I may never get there! The award has given me confidence and the determination to succeed. The other award winners are so inspirational that being part of this community and sharing their dreams has been a real privilege too.

Julia Slocombe and her experience with Bring it on Britain

12 Nov

My name is Julia Slocombe, and I entered the bring it on awards as my son Kieran had been asked to compete in the martial arts world championships for team GBR in the Dominican republic in Jan 2011.  We were struggling to come up with the funds and found this competition on the Heart FM website and thought I would give it ago.

The bursary has enabled us to cover the cost of the trip and Accommodation, we have also been able to get him the team GBR fighting suits and the training suits and he now has all the equipment he needs to train and compete in the world championships.  Also the competition fees themselves.

I really hope Kieran does well in the championships and that he earns Great Britain a medal, i hope that he continues in martial arts and competing  to the standard that he has set himself, from his 1st comp he has brought home 1sts and has never come home with out being placed and this is a great achievement especially as he is only 6 yrs old.

If there are people out there struggling to achieve their passions my advice is never give up, there is always someone or something out there that will help you, look down every path and something will come your way, that’s what we did and we were struggling and almost gave up, but thanks to walls and the bring it on awards we will be living our dream in jan 2011, and really glad that we were one of the winners, i still can’t really believe it.

If people are interested in our passion you have the wcoaa website or Kierans club website from Feb 2011 when we know the results.

The whole experience has been amazing, its been exciting, worrying, nailbiting, all emotions really, but amazing and i have also met some lovely people, but what i really liked about this competition was the fact we all supported each other, it was great. So all i have to say now is BRING IT ON !!!!!!!!!!!

Tractor pulling anyone?

25 Aug

This is kind of a crazy sport… apparently it started off as farmers comparing the strength of each others horses by dragging hay on a barn door, oh boy have things changed!

fancy seeing some this bank holiday at Ecclestone? event flyer

August Bank Holiday




Announcing The Shortlist

23 Aug

Hi Guys, We are now entering the final phase of this years Bring it on Britain campaign. From our hundreds of entries we now have a shortlist of under 40, all looking for your support and votes!

Congratulations to our shortlisted entrants and make sure you give them all the support you can on the Facebook page and in your own communities.

Bring it on!

Check out the shortlist here and get voting!

Bring it on!

17 Aug

Wow! What an amazing response we have had! You guys should all give yourselves a pat on the back. We have seen some great entries over the past 4 weeks. From Pier Jumpers and wannabe stuntwomen to medieval pie bakers and camel farmers. We really have seen it all (or at least a lot!) Just to keep you updated with what’s going on, entries have now closed, but you can still vote until 1pm Friday to try and push the balance in your favour. Let all our judges know that you really want it!

The shortlist will be announced on Monday, so keep an eye out to check if you made it. For those that didn’t – don’t be disheartened. All the entries were absolutely fab, but sadly not everyone can make it through to the next round. Keep going with your passions and dreams because we think all of you really show true bring it on spirit!

Love Chess and Boxing?

4 Aug

Sometimes we find it hard to choose between our hobbies – but thankfully we now don’t have to choose between Chess and Boxing, we can play them both at the same time. The challenging sport of Chessboxing not only tests the power of your punch, it also gives your brain a workout. The sport began as an art installation but is now being taken seriously around the world. The game alternates rounds of boxing with rounds of speed chess and can either be won by a knockout or checkmate. So get your boxing gloves on and your noggin in gear.
Check out this video about chessboxing:

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