Former World Champion swimmer to judge hospice edition of Strictly Come Dancing

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Former World Champion swimmer Katy Sexton

The Rowans Hospice Charity based in Waterlooville, Hampshire is gearing up to host its own edition of the iconic BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. ‘Rowans Does Strictly’ will raise funds for the Charity’s Capital Appeal to develop the hospice for the future.

A total of 15 couples will compete on the night, and will be judged by a panel of celebrities, including hospice Trustee and TV presenter Fred Dinenage MBE and former Olympic swimmer, Katy Sexton MBE. Here Katy, the first British swimmer to win a World Championship in 2003, shares why she’s looking forward to judging the contest.

“Rowans Hospice is always the local charity I want to support if I can. Having known many family members and friends who have experienced specialist end of life care at the Rowans, it’s so important to support the charity. It is especially nice to be able to give my support in what will be such a fun event as well.

“Years and years ago I used to dance myself; tap, modern and ballet. I think I am able to follow the beat of the music and will be making sure our dancers are definitely keeping time! Naturally I am quite competitive, so I will want to see the dancers are really trying. Everyone loves a trier don’t they?! Moreover, in the spirit of this competition, what I really want to see is that they are enjoying it and having fun.

“Going back in time, I will probably draw on Len Goodman for inspiration as a judge. I might even try to mimic his SEVERRRRN. I like Craig too, but don’t think I will be drawing on him when giving feedback to our contestants. I think they are all absolutely fantastic in doing this event.

“Personally, I just love any type of dance. I love watching a Musical and going to see stage shows. My favourite song to dance to is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ as it was my wedding song. My other half has been singing it to our baby since she was born; she just stares lovingly at him when he sings it.

“I think you can truly express yourself in so many different ways through dance and obviously it is fantastic for your fitness. It really is a great all-round exercise for everybody and it doesn’t matter what ability you are, you can still join in.”

Rowans Does Strictly will take place on May 2. For more information visit Rowans Hospice