McLernon won the national competition after shedding 12 stone 12lbs in just six months. Weighing in at 32 stone, the 38 year old from Sunderland was the show’s heaviest contestant to date. He will tell his inspirational story at the Transform Southend event at the Palace Theatre on September 16th.
Also at the event, health and fitness experts will give talks on issues such as how to get kids eating healthy food, the importance of a healthy gut and the connection between stress and weight.
Organisers Craig Maddocks and Jemma Govier have already helped over 250 people change their lives through the programmes they run at Excel, their gym on Progress Road. Craig said:
“It’s exciting to have Kevin on board. We’re hoping to inspire people to change their lives and he is a great example of what can be done with the right support. Sadly many people waste their time and money on fad diets. We want people to know the truth and help them change their lives for good.
The event programme also covers information for athletes, their families and coaches based on Craig’s experience as a young athlete and a trainer of athletes such as Rob Womack, Southend’s Paralympic shot put hopeful. Craig added:
“After an amazing Olympic summer we hope athletes will be inspired to push themselves further and more young people will take up new activities. At our event, budding and established athletes can learn how to gain the edge though the latest innovative training and nutrition.”
Proceeds of the event will go to The Lighthouse, a charity for hearing impaired children. Tickets are on sale now at www.transformsouthend.co.uk and start at just £10 per talk.
Notes to editors
1. To speak to Kevin McLernon and Craig Maddocks, please contact Craig on 07973 679155
2. Full information on the programme for Transform Southend can be found here www.transformsouthend.com