A world kickboxing champion who has Asperger’s Syndrome is hoping her television appearance can help inspire people to believe anything is possible.
Jo Redman, 27, from Rushden, who is the patron of a charity that campaigns to stop bullying of autistic children, spoke on the Chrissy B show about her experiences and her success.
The chat show was aired on Monday, July 29, on My Channel, Sky Channel 203, and Miss Redman was joined by Anna Kennedy, founder of the charity Anna Kennedy Online.
Miss Redman said: “I have never done anything like this before, it was quite strange.
“But during filming I talked about some of my experiences growing up.
“I hope people can be inspired to think anything is possible. If someone is struggling, I wanted to share that I was in their position once.
“Ten years ago I wouldn’t have stood up in front of a classroom, let alone give a speech in front of 500 people which I have done this year.”
Miss Redman has had a very successful sporting career, being crowned world kickboxing champion in 2011 and 2012 and she also won Northamptonshire Sports Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year in 2012.
As well as the television appearance Miss Redman has had a busy year. She has become a patron of the Anna Kennedy Online charity, and gave numerous speeches about Asperger’s Syndrome at events.
She also visited the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 24, for the Positive Image Campaign, which celebrates women in sport.
Miss Redman said: “It has been a bit overwhelming, doing all these things.
“It has been a great experience, everything has happened so quickly this year.”
She has also set up her own business, Top Form Sport & Remedial Massage. To read more about the sort of treatment the business offers visit www.topformremedial.com.
Miss Redman said she would like to thank the support given to her by her gym in Corby, the British Chinese Kickboxing Association gym.