Jo Pavey: Professional Athlete

Jo Pavey: Professional Athlete

Biggest professional achievement to date?

European 10000m gold and oldest European champion in history. Becoming the first British runner to compete in five Olympic Games and Britain’s oldest runner to ever compete at an Olympics. World bronze medalist and various other medals from the World Cup, European champs and Commonwealth Games. 

Most profound, life-changing, business moment?

Becoming a mum made me more busy, but gave me a much better balance in life. I was happier and this seemed to benefit my running. The moment that changed everything for me was when I achieved my first World Championship qualifying time, as it marked the moment that I became a professional athlete. 

Best life advice ever received?

Be happy. My motivation feeds off being happy; all of my achievements and ongoing participation, at an elite level, comes from a passion and enjoyment of running. I think being happy underpins all of this.

Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?

Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t be afraid of failure. Be clear with what you want to achieve and go for it. 

If you could make one change to the world?

For people to recognise that we are destroying our planet and to act now before it’s too late.

“Be clear with what you want to achieve and go for it”

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100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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