Roll on to the Olympics

Jocelyn Taylor who has been featured on a Bupa advert roller skating at 83.
Jocelyn Taylor who has been featured on a Bupa advert roller skating at 83.

ROLLER skating grandmother Jocelyn Taylor, 84, has been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch in the run up to next years’ Olympic Games.

A former nine-times British roller skating champion and, more recently, a star of the Bupa Healthcare television advert, Jocelyn, from Bury St Edmunds, now has an Olympic Torchbearer Nomination to add to her list of achievements.

Described on the nomination application as ‘an inspiration’, Jocelyn has won figure, pair and free-skating championships during a 65 -year career and still coaches regularly at Colchester’s Rollerworld.

Jocelyn said that to receive a nomination was ‘very exciting’ . She said that she would of course look at the route and see if it was possible to do on skates, but added that if she did get chosen to carry the torch she might walk rather than roller skate.

She said: “I’m not afraid of falling but it would be rather inconvenient to be in plaster”.

Jocelyn was nominated by Suffolk Circle. Finbarr Carter, head of membership said that Jocelyn ‘challenges stereotypes’ of old age.