36 year old Pamela Swayne from Youghal has made it through the rigorous application progress of RTE’s Operation Transformation, and came out the other side as one of the 5 chosen Leaders to feature on the programme. Pamela is mother of 4 children, Ally (18), Leigh (10), Lilly (7) and Mikie (3 and the all-important half!). It was one of her children who gave her the final loving encouragement to apply for the show. After seeing The Greatest Showman, her daughter Lilly pointed to the bearded lady that sings “This is me” and said “That’s you, Mam”!
“Lilly’s communion is next May”, said Pamela, “so I want to show her what I can do in time for that. Last year’s Leaders, Sarah O’Callaghan and David Cryan and their journeys, have really helped me to believe that I can do it. I’ve made it through the application now, so I must really try and give it 1000%. My ultimate goal is to be fit and healthy at 40.”
While working in Amber Garage Youghal last Friday, 23 November, Pamela’s nerves were shot to pieces when Kathryn Thomas and a camera crew snuck in to surprise her with the news of her successful application. “I’ll never forget it” said Pamela. “To say I was overcome with emotion is an understatement. I was in complete and utter shock while being both nervous and thrilled at the same time. To be honest, I’m proud of myself for even making it this far! The support I’ve gotten since that day from everyone in town has been unbelievable. I’ve been sent loads of messages of congratulations and good luck and it’s hard not to believe the town is behind me. I also feel very proud to be able to showcase my hometown once filming starts.”
Pamela’s first weigh in will be aired on her 37th birthday on 6 January.
Anyone who has ever met Pamela will understand that RTE producers really had no option but to choose her. Her personality bubbles over. Above anything else, she’s honest and funny with fantastic family, friends and a town behind her ready to cheer her on.
Everyone here in the East Cork Journal wishes you the very best of luck Pamela (and we’re waving a Shamrock in RTE’s direction too!!)