Beauty queen contenders put through their paces at boot camp

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PAGEANT contenders were put through their paces at a beauty boot camp.

Finalists from Miss 24 Carat, a Sunderland-based qualifier for the Miss England pageant, spent a day with Marine reserves who whipped them into shape ahead of next month’s final.

The girl with the best performance on the day was Jennifer Foulds, from Grangetown, who walked away with the Miss Sportswoman title.

It means she will be fast-tracked to the final eight of the Miss 24 Carat final which takes place on April 13 at the Stadium of Light.

Jennifer, 18, a dance student, said: “It was a really good day that tested our fitness levels. I’m used to working out with girls in a dance studio, but this was a great experience because we were working out outside, in the sand and in the water.”

She added: “I can’t wait for the final. I would be so overwhelmed to win.”

Owner of 24 Carat salon Jodie Breeds, who is running the contest, said: “The girls spent the morning at RMR Tyne in Newcastle where they did bleep tests, sit up tests and press up tests.

“They then went to Tynemouth Beach to get similar training to what the new Marine reserves recruits get. It was really good fun. The girls’ competitive sides came out, but they were also rallying each other on.

“Jennifer had the best overall score and we felt that she’d put the most effort in.”

Miss 24 Carat will be raising money for SAFC Foundation, Team George and Beauty with a Purpose.