Former Rugby Player, teenage mum and children’s nurse set to star in new S4C show

By Raspberry Jim,


A teenage mum, a children’s nurse and a former rugby player are three of the people chosen to feature in a new health and fitness programme on S4C.

FFIT Cymru, which is hitting screens from April 10, will follow five participants as they aim to transform their lifestyles for the better.

During the series, which runs for eight episodes, the five participants will embark on a journey of a lifetime, supported, advised and guided by the show’s team of experts; personal trainer Rae Carpenter, dietitian Sioned Quirke and psychologist Dr. Ioan Rees.

Serial snacker Mathew Thomas, who weighs in at over 21 stone, is hoping to transform his eating habits and shift the pounds after his wife persuaded him to apply for the show. The dad-of-three from Anglesey, who had a promising rugby career ended by injury, has already turned his life around after a 12-month stint in jail, after he fell into the wrong crowd . He is now hoping to overhaul his lifestyle with the help of FFIT Cymru’s team of experts.

Teenage mum Catherine Lewis, from Caernarfon, is hoping the show will not only help her lose weight but gain confidence. The 19-year-old mum-of-one has never been on a night out with friends as she feels too self-conscious about her weight. Having got engaged to her partner, Jac, at Christmas, she has yet to go wedding dress shopping as she wants to lose weight before walking into a shop.

Having struggled with his weight since he was young, Leon Welsby’s weight issues came to a head after the rollercoaster fanatic queued two-and-a-half hours to go on a ride in Spain, only to be turned away because he wouldn’t fit in the seat.  A night-time binge eater, Leon, who lives in Bridgend, is heading back to Spain in August with his employer – the Urdd – and his target is to be able to fit in the rollercoaster.

Children’s nurse Nic Davies wants to be a better role model to his two sons, Macs and Guto, and in his words, be a “Ffit Father, not Fat Father!”. The Llanelli resident used to play rugby 2-3 times a week, but piled on the pounds when he stopped playing due to the birth of his kids. The shift-worker is hoping to overhaul his lifestyle after his colleagues and doctors at Glangwili Hospital have also been nagging him to lose weight.

By her own admission, head teacher Judith Owen from Caernarfon has used her health issues as an excuse not to do physical exercise. The busy mum-of-two has suffered with Crohns disease for 20 years. After several surgical procedures, which saw her on one occasion contract MRSA, which put her life at risk, she had an ileostomy bag fitted. Despite more recently being diagnosed with epilepsy, doctors have advised her to do more physical activity. With an active family, she wants to do FFIT Cymru to do something for herself and sees it as her opportunity to ‘shine.’

Whittled down from 200 applicants, 14 hopefuls joined the FFIT Cymru team for an assessment day where they were put through their paces, emotionally and physically.

The final five were then revealed when the show’s presenter Lisa Gwilym surprised them at their homes and places of work with the news. She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with our ‘fab five’ who at our assessment day all showed a real desire to overhaul their lifestyles.

“While each have their own reason for wanting to take part, they are relatable to many people across Wales. A shift worker who skips meals, eats irregularly and unhealthy food, finding it hard to keep up a regular exercise schedule. A teenage mum who struggles with confidence issues. A busy working mum who struggles to fit exercise into her life. A busy professional who skips meals during the day but then binge eats in the evening. And a family man who struggles to eat healthily and exercise, snacks in the evening, yet wants to be a good role model for his family.

“We’re really looking forward to working with them over the next few months to transform their lifestyles and our team of experts will be on hand to support them every step of the way.

“I think our five will be incredibly motivating and inspirational for the people of Wales and I can’t wait for the show to air next month.”

FFIT Cymru is a new eight episode TV series made by Cwmni Da for S4C. It will be broadcast from 10 April 2018. For more information go online to