ONE OF Thurrock’s most famous athletes is set to put herself to the test as she enters the jungle in ITV’s “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here.”
Fatima Whitbread, 51, made her name in the eighties as world javelin champion and record holder.
The former Dilkes primary and Culverhouse (now Ockendon Academy) pupil won the medal in 1987 in a decade when she faced a series of battles with other javelin stars such as Tina Lillak and Tessa Sanderson.
But now comes another challenge as Fatima faces the Bush Tucker trial where she may be forced to consume a number of exotic antipodean delicacies.
Fatima’s coach and mother, Maggie is still a presence in the borough as she runs the U3A club that meets at the Civic Hall.
The rumour mill has been rife all week. Also set to appear is TOWIE’S Mark Wright.
Mark’s presence will cause Thurrock FC even more embarrassment after the Ship Lane club signed him a few weeks ago but he is yet to play for the club.
The series starts on Sunday evening.