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Advocate given key to health

Jayne Jupp has been given a two-year membership to Jetts Gympie.
Jayne Jupp has been given a two-year membership to Jetts Gympie. Contributed

JETTS Gympie has awarded 49-year-old Jayne Jupp a two-year membership for her outstanding contribution towards encouraging the local community to get active.

Since joining the 24-hour gym before it opened in May last year, Jayne has referred more than 20 people to the gym, helping get their health back on track.

Jetts Gympie club manager Mike Aberley said he admired Jayne's passion for improving her own health and fitness while looking out for her family and friends.

"I think the reason why so many have followed in her footsteps is because Jayne is an incredibly inspiring woman who sets an example for many people who know they have to get fit but felt a gym was out of their league," Mr Aberley said.

Jayne's goal to lose weight took a turn for the worse when she was diagnosed with sleep apnoea last year.

The fatigue and shortness of breath has kept Jayne out of the gym and on a ventilator for the past four months.

Jayne said although she misses being in the gym and training with her friends, she has not given up.

"Mike's mother has sleep apnoea so he understands what I'm going through and my physical ability," Ms Jupp said.

"He has developed some exercises for me to do at home which focus on my breathing and if all goes well, I should be back in the gym in the next six months."

Jayne said although she can't wait to take advantage of her two-year membership, she will be taking it slow when she returns.

"I'm going to start with only a few sessions per week and have Mike by my side each time to ensure I don't get too ahead of myself," she said.

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