Student stars in BBC’s BodyPositive campaign

Nicole Allen is part of the BBC Get Inspired's BodyPositive campaign. Photo courtesy of the BBC. SUS-160120-152344001
Nicole Allen is part of the BBC Get Inspired's BodyPositive campaign. Photo courtesy of the BBC. SUS-160120-152344001

A Sussex Downs College student has seized ‘a great opportunity’ to be involved in BBC’s BodyPositive initiative.

Nicole Allen from Seaford, who is currently studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Sussex Downs College, is taking part as part of the BBC Get Inspired campaign.

As a 17-year-old living with Cystic Fibrosis, Nicole astonishes and inspires many through her energetic, active and overwhelmingly positive attitude to life, which is detailed in her own blog ‘Living and Breathing CF’.

After responding to a tweet from the BBC campaign, Nicole has had an introduction video published on the BodyPositive web page and will be keeping a video diary of her daily life over the next six months, which will also be uploaded. The campaign aims to create a community of people to inspire and empower each other to feel happy, healthy and confident by embracing what makes them unique.

Mike Hopkins, Principal and CEO of Sussex Downs College, said: “This is a huge achievement for Nicole and a testament of her hard work and dedication to sharing her positive outlook on life. She is an inspiration already to us at the college and we are proud that through this campaign she can now be an inspiration to others across the UK and, possibly, across the world.”

Nicole, who is in the athletic’s team and works part-time as a lifeguard, has to balance her hobbies of dancing and horse-riding with regular physio and taking 30 tablets a day. Read more on her blog at

A spokesperson from the BBC said: “BodyPositive will be following the journey of people just like us in our series of real life stories.

“We’ll be hearing honest, heart warming accounts from young people as they share their innermost feelings in the pursuit of being BodyPositive. In doing so, we hope you feel like you can share your story too.”

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