Gladiators star Jet takes exercise class at Horwich leisure centre

Gladiators star Jet takes exercise class at Horwich leisure centre

Jet, aka Diane Youdale, who took an exercise class at Horwich Leisure Centre

Jet, aka Diane Youdale, who took an exercise class at Horwich Leisure Centre

Jet, aka Diane Youdale, who took an exercise class at Horwich Leisure Centre

Jet, aka Diane Youdale, when she was on Gladiators

Jet, aka Diane Youdale, who took an exercise class at Horwich Leisure Centre

Gladiators superfan Sarah Partington

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SHE found fame on Gladiators, as popular for her strength and skill as her svelte figure and mane of glossy hair.

Diane Youdale, known as Jet from the iconic ITV show, popped into Horwich Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, on Friday evening as a guest instructor for the Hi NRG Fitnesse class.

About 50 people took part in the class, which Belinda Beaver and Melinda Barone recently re-launched at the centre after sessions were first held there 25 years ago.

The 44-year-old, who was a favourite on Gladiators between 1992 and 1996, said: “I met Belinda more than 20 years ago when I was doing a teacher training video for her company.

“They asked if I could come up and do part of the class for them.

“I haven’t taught in many years but I said, for you Belinda, I will. I think what they’re doing is wonderful.”

The weekly Hi NRG Fitnesse classes, held between 6pm and 7pm every Friday, are up-tempo, traditional aerobics-style classes while Diane’s guest section was dance inspired due to her background as a choreographer.

She was working as a dancer and actress when she was asked by Nigel Lythgoe, creator of Pop Idol, to become a Gladiator.

The former gymnast, who now works as a psychotherapist, said: “I enjoyed the show but then the accidents became so severe, I was happy to walk away after four years.”


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Gladiators super fan Sarah Partington, from Over Hulton, was delighted to be reunited with the TV star, who she idolised in 1990s.

The 33-year-old primary school supply teacher, who used to travel to the NEC in Birmingham to watch Gladiators, said: “Back in the day, it got me into keeping fit and eating healthily.

“Jet was my favourite. She seemed really friendly on the TV and when I met her she was very approachable.

“I loved the action on Gladiators. Everyone would get round the TV on a Saturday night to watch it.”

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11:22am Mon 31 Mar 14

boredofbolton says...

i can't believe that jet was in town and i missed it!! totally gutted!!!
i can't believe that jet was in town and i missed it!! totally gutted!!! boredofbolton
  • Score: 5

11:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

Donkey Stone says...

Who was responsible for crowd control?
Who was responsible for crowd control? Donkey Stone
  • Score: 5

12:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

She likes her chips.
She likes her chips. Wolfie190
  • Score: -4

1:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

boltonnut says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
She likes her chips.
What's wrong with _hips?
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: She likes her chips.[/p][/quote]What's wrong with _hips? boltonnut
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Don Kiddick says...

Not quite the Gamesmistress she once was. Her co-star, David Walliams, seems to have faired much better.
Not quite the Gamesmistress she once was. Her co-star, David Walliams, seems to have faired much better. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Well, I personally think she's lovely. She actually reminds me of Kate Bush a little (who I adore) from then and now.
Well, I personally think she's lovely. She actually reminds me of Kate Bush a little (who I adore) from then and now. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 8

7:38pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Rupert T Bear says...

I loved Gladiators! Jet was my favourite.
I loved Gladiators! Jet was my favourite. Rupert T Bear
  • Score: 4

8:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

I still would. lol
I still would. lol Jim271
  • Score: 6

8:05pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Jim271 wrote:
I still would. lol
In yer dreams - and mine too! pmsl
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: I still would. lol[/p][/quote]In yer dreams - and mine too! pmsl wsw69
  • Score: 1

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