(Author, DVD Presenter & Mum)
As a qualified British Amateur Gymnastics coach and lecturer in ‘Physical Development – the Early Years’, Mandy is passionate about getting kids to be more active from a young age. With 20 years’ experience in this field, now her goal is to find ways to get kids into exercise, to build their confidence, to develop a healthy metabolism and to have fun – which is what the Jumping Bean Bag Club’s DVD is all about! When she is not pursuing her goal, Mandy plays tennis and walks the dog but keeps promising to find the time to join a gym!
Favourite sport to watch: my girls playing hockey (although I get so nervous!)
Sporting idols: Sally Gunnell and Sebastian Coe
Favourite childhood memory: On the beach or on the sea at Abersoch; around the Tarn on Ilkley Moor.
(DVD-Presenter & daughter no.3)
Soon to be a graduate of Natural Sciences (Biology/Sports and Exercise Science) Bex loves working with children having done so in Cambodia, Zambia and the UK. She has already achieved her Level 1 Coaching qualification and like her sisters has represented her county in numerous sports, as well as captaining her University Hockey Team to BUCS gold. As a Jumping Bean Bag’er from the age of 2 she has always loved to exercise and made it a part of her daily routine. She is now training and competing in Duathlon & Triathlon with Birmingham University Tri-club.
Favourite sports to play: hockey and running
Favourite sport to watch: rugby
Sporting idol: Chrissie Wellington
Favourite childhood memory: bike riding, trampolining and setting up obstacle courses for roller blade races
(Social Media Manager & daughter no.1)
Back to her West Country roots after a stint working in London for Hotcourses.com, Pips is now self-employed, establishing the MissMoneypenny franchise in Devon (virtual PA/ girl Friday). Having lead the charge throughout school and Uni, Pips was the first daughter to represent the county at hockey and cross country running and then played rounders for England! She still plays netball and cycles but recently took up long-board surfing, much to her father’s delight.
Favourite sport to watch: Dad doing Ironman France in Nice
Sporting idol: Dame Kelly Holmes
Fondest childhood memory: The fancy dress box, Kings Cliff and the tree house in the garden.
(Marketing & PR Manager & daughter no.2)
After almost 3 years in the fragrant city of Hong Kong, the middle one is now back where she belongs! A graduate from Newcastle University, Jojo has always been keen to spread her wings and has an incredible memory for sporting facts. Whilst playing hockey for the most successful team in the SAR, Jojo was also lucky enough to be trained by TeamGB bronze medalist, Crista Cullen and Australia’s men’s hockey captain, Jamie Dwyer. Though she is looking forward to being surrounded by green fields and the Quantock Hills, Jojo still intends to travel off the beaten track trying her hand at new sports – the latest being 5-a-side beach netball !
Favourite sport to play: Hockey
Sporting idols: Usain Bolt
Favourite quote: “Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain,”
(Business Manager, ‘Master of Detail’ & Dad)
Always keen to do anything sporty but surfing and rugby were his passions. After rugby David then completed several marathons, was a founder member of Battersea Boleros Ultimate Frisbee team and is now a fully-fledged, three-times Ironman Tri-athlete who plays a mean game of golf. However, he remains the inspiration and the who-dares-wins, driving force behind the ‘good idea’ and number one pitch-side supporter of his girls!
Favourite sport to watch: pretty well anything
Sporting Idols: I am just amazed by the skill, concentration and determination of top sportsmen and women, particularly in golf and triathlon.
Favourite quote: “You need a backbone, not a wishbone”
As a family the Gwynne-Joneses have always enjoyed being really active –
- Swimming in the waves off the beach at Saunton Sands to herald in the new millennium, January 1st 2000;
- Driving through the night up to Heathrow to welcome our rugby boys home after winning the Webb Ellis Cup in November 2003;
- Early morning, rock ‘n rolling in the surf at Le Vieux Port every Summer;
- Doing the 3 Peaks Challenge in memory of our dear friend and Bex’s Godmother, Ali Bunce;
- The long drive to Crispie on the banks of Loch Fyne to spend time with friends in Scotland;
- Endlessly trying to dam the stream as it bubbled its way through the woods of Kings Cliff above North Petherton or
- Simply walking dogs on the Quantock Hills to marvel at the spectacular views and colours of Somerset – that’s Team JBB