An ambitious PE teacher has high hopes he maybe able to fulfil a childhood dream and be blasted into space after entering a once-in-a-lifetime competition to train as an astronaut.

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Jimmy Day is normally used to spending his days on the sports pitch at Acle Academy, but is hoping with enough of the public vote he will be able to swap cricket for the cosmos, and take a trip into space.

The optimistic 30 year old has signed up to the Lynx Space Academy and is now in the running to be picked to go through to the next stage of the global competition, organised by the popular deodorant brand.

If he can get enough votes to stay in the top 200 in the country, Jimmy will join his fellow wannabe spacemen in London for rigorous testing both mentally and physically.

After testing judges will pick just four “recruits” who will then join others from across the globe in Orlando, Florida to undergo astronaut training - including a parabolic flight that recreates the weightlessness of space and being subjected to extreme G-force in a centrifuge machine.

A panel of space experts will then select a crew they think is fit to go into orbit and although admitting it is a “long shot”, Jimmy is hoping he maybe in with a chance of blasting into the stratosphere.

He said: “I have got as good a chance as any. I’m just taking it one stage at a time and just trying to remain in the top 200.

“If I can get through to the top 200 it’s up to me and if I perform well there’s a chance. Being a PE teacher I reckon the physical side of things will be alright, and the mental tests I’ll be alright. It’s exciting times.”

Since entering Jimmy, who is head of year nine at the South Walsham Road school, has been encouraging his pupils, their parents and fellow teachers to vote for him, as well as friends and family. And so far he has managed to land a firm place in the top 200, having netted more than 550 votes.

“When I first signed up for it I didn’t think I was going to get any votes,” he added.

“My mum’s been really good and keeps emailing all her friends. And one of my best friends has really got on board now after taking the mickey out of me quite considerably.”

Jimmy, who lives in Norwich, has had dreams of going into space since he was a child and his fascination with the cosmos was further fuelled after learning about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Moon mission.

He said: “Being a bit of a nerd I’d stare up at the stars and think how far away the Moon is. When I realised what you have to go through to be an astronaut I thought, let’s face it, it’s never going to happen.

“But when I saw this competition come up I thought it’s too good to miss. It’s my last chance to get to space!”

● To vote for Jimmy visit www.lynxapollo.com/en_GB/9563/djimi-day

41 comments

  • So basically "v" is worried that if he becomes successful he has to take a day off work?So if he goes through to the next stage you want him to give up his job as a teacher because then you wont have to pay as much tax?or because you are happier funding the scummers in this country?either way I don't think it's going to make much difference to your tax bill. Running school teams, after school clubs etc has nothing to do with vanity, and how can you say teachers aren't contributing to society?! Do you know what goes into teaching on a daily basis?im guessing no...and z:) you might want to stop banging on about how intelligent you are because "v" might start calling you vain! All I can work out from your comments is a lack of quality in spelling, grammar and punctuation, but ill take your word for it. Knowing Jimmy and what a sound guy he is, I'm pretty sure he didn't get all his mates to gang up on you, I think they just read your comments and they made up their own minds to disagree with you and put it into writing. Either way minus "v"'s and z:)'s vote, jimmys popularity with most of Norfolk is coming up trumps anyway...So go team Jimmy, you do what makes you happy and inspired in life!

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    nattydance

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Could you get any more boring? He get's my vote.

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    David Cameron

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • It's obviously a touchy subject with you V & I'm not even going to argue about it when you know nothing about myself or what I do on a daily basis, just like I know nothing about you! You keep saying its during term time! This is just speculation, the next stage is over summer! I probably won't make it that far anyway.

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    JD

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I have no interest in extracting statistics from the internet to illustrate government spending, however I am very much in support of my good friend Jimmy Day and his mission to space. Whether or not Jimmy reaches the latter stage of the contest is irrelevant, the community support shown by friends, family, colleagues and pupils for Jimmy can only be a positive thing. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity open to anyone and everyone irrespective of their occupation. Live the dream!!

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    The Duke of Rellington

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • It's obviously a touchy subject with you V & I'm not even going to argue about it when you know nothing about myself or what I do on a daily basis, just like I know nothing about you! You keep saying its during term time! This is just speculation, the next stage is over summer! I probably won't make it that far anyway.

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    JD

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Oh wow zzzzz.zzzzz now your is tube boring one? Your only the millionth degenerate to try that one. Its funny how people always blame " addicts thief's and immigrants" but in fact its old people that eat up most of the budget in pension and healthcare.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I will leave it to the astronou, astronau, astr,... spaceman to mark my grammar!! The poor guy is only having fun... Cor blast I thought V was a bore until we encountered Z... That is further down the alphabet isnt it???

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    Jeffas50

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • That amount of money us as taxpayers give away in benefits to addicts thiefs immigrants, then tell me v where's the harm in sending a hard working teacher on a trip to space. I guess all u care about is money, I'd happily give all of my money for you to go on a trip to space v......one way though.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Millionth degenerate. That just proves how sad u r, andhow meaningless yor comments are, you haven't got a clue, yor blaming old people and health care u sick man. What about war you dengenerate?? We spend at least 3 times the amount on war than health care. Have a word with yourself.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • And z could u just shut up, you r very boring. I guess thats why yor name is z. Zzzzz.zzzzz....zzz lets hope I neever end up at a party with u, thats even if u get invited to partys. Oh no look at that I put 2 e's in never oh no call the grammer police.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • And z could u just shut up, you r very boring. I guess thats why yor name is z. Zzzzz.zzzzz....zzz lets hope I neever end up at a party with u, thats even if u get invited to partys. Oh no look at that I put 2 e's in never oh no call the grammer police.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • "Spend three time the amount on war than healthcare." Where are you getting this statistic. Welfare is a the largest portion of the budget, but welfare includes pension. Then after that healthcare is the second largest portion of the budget. We currents spend about £46 billion on defense which is wars. While we spend £138 billion on pension and £125 billion on healthcare. Your thieves addicts and immigrants on welfare on eat up £62 billion. You go ahead and cut welfare and defence. I will cut pension and healthcare and we will see who shrinks the debt faster. Also I am always happy to sit here and comment because I like to educate those less intelegent than myself. Just to reiterate defenestration (which includes wars) is a relatively small portion of the budget dummy.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein i imagined we would be spending that much more on war than heathcare!

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    dabman

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Jeff could you speak English I don't understand what you were trying to say to V. It was too poorly articulated.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I wouldn't normally sit here and waste my time on these petty little comments as you so love to do but the truth of the matter is im ill in bed and haven't got anything better to do. At the end of the day its about sending a hard working member of the community to space, anyone who has a problem with that is a very sad, pathetic poor excuse for a human being.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I wouldn't normally sit here and waste my time on these petty little comments as you so love to do but the truth of the matter is im ill in bed and haven't got anything better to do. At the end of the day its about sending a hard working member of the community to space, anyone who has a problem with that is a very sad, pathetic poor excuse for a human being.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I assume then that he will be giving up his teaching post if he is successful ?. If not, then why should we taxpayers pay for this "vanity" exercise ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • You people are vultures having a go at a very interesting and intellegent person. You criticize him for being boring, for being smarter than you and using sources to support his claims, and for his correcting you when you were wrong.

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    doctorwho

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • What a lot of sad people. Get a life! Good luck Mr. Day, you inspire the next generation daily and I hope you get to go the extra few thousand miles!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • There's always one!!! I suppose his late nights football training, his help with the hockey team, his years of training and university are all driven by his ego and vanity. I have a feeling that the sponsors will be funding his trip during school holdays!! Bore off "V"!

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    Jeffas50

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • It's obviously a touchy subject with you V & I'm not even going to argue about it when you know nothing about myself or what I do on a daily basis, just like I know nothing about you! You keep saying its during term time! This is just speculation, the next stage is over summer! I probably won't make it that far anyway.

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    JD

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • "I suppose his late nights football training, his help with the hockey team, his years of training and university are all driven by his ego and vanity. " YEP. "I have a feeling that the sponsors will be funding his trip during school holdays!! " NOPE. It will be during term time. Read the articles from Lynx on the internet. Jeffas50 !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Your not sorry you caused me offends. You get your friends to gang up on me. If you think the information is boring your clearly stupid. I knew all the spending information before I commented. I just needed some exact figures otherwise instead of saying I was boring you would say I was lying. I don't think I'm Einstein I just think I'm smarter than you. The true sign of intellegence is not knowledge but imiginization. Give it a rest that's just something idiots say. Your all just bring aggressive and making fun of me because you know I'm right. Said something to another commenter I never critized the man for entering the contest and wanting to go to space. Dabman you started this huge arguement not me.

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    Z:)

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • I agree with z. He's not boring he just has a differing and more intelegent and valid opinion concerning government spending. You people should leave him alone and stop ganging up on him.

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    margery

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • imagine if you were priminister z ...., breaking news, "heavy budget cuts for pensioners and sick people, huge increases in benefits for the people who contribute nothing to society."

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • There's always one!!! I suppose his late nights football training, his help with the hockey team, his years of training and university are all driven by his ego and vanity. I have a feeling that the sponsors will be funding his trip during school holdays!! Bore off "V"!

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    Jeffas50

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The zzzzz has nothing to do with the quality of my comments merely that every dim wit to disagree with me always jumps to that weak insult.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • How many of your pupils have been threatened by the Head for taking their kids out of school during term time ?. Just like you are wanting to ?. If you wat to do this vanity trip then I suggest you leave teaching so the taxpayer does not have to pay you for yet even more holidays for you. Then when finished, you can re-join the skivers in teaching.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • If you are referring to people 'ganging up' on Z then I am afraid you are mistaken. If you refer to my earlier comment there is no reference to negativity or discrimination directed towards anyone. I share V's enthusiasm in advocating intellectual debates about policy making and government spending. It's fantastic how a simple article about a local Teacher entering a competition for the chance to fly to space can exasperate individuals. Perhaps advocating your ideas to your local MP may be the first port of call? http:findyourmp.parliament.uk

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    The Duke of Rellington

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • First of all I didn't say I advocated more benefits I merely stated people claiming benefits are the first to get crucibide when the manure hits the quickly rotating blades.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • That amount of money us as taxpayers give away in benefits to addicts thiefs immigrants, then tell me v where's the harm in sending a hard working teacher on a trip to space. I guess all u care about is money, I'd happily give all of my money for you to go on a trip to space v......one way though.

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • So basically "v" is a teacher hater...dont take it personally Jimmy! ...and Z:) I would stop banging on about how intelligent you are, "v" might call you vain! All I could see from your comments was a lack of quality in spelling, grammar and puctuation...but ill take your word for it. Also knowing how sound a guy Jimmy is, I doubt he made his friends gang up on you, I think they just read your comments, made up their own minds about how they felt about them and put it in writing. All in all, i wouldnt worry about your lack of votes with "v" and z:) its obvious your popularity with most of Norfolk is coming up trumps with the votes so I say Go team Jimmy! Do what makes you happy and inspires you and live life having fun!

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    nattydance

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Oh wow zzzzz.zzzzz now your is tube boring one? Your only the millionth degenerate to try that one. Its funny how people always blame " addicts thief's and immigrants" but in fact its old people that eat up most of the budget in pension and healthcare.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • ".......huge increases in benefits for the people who contribute nothing to society." Thats the teachers then !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • There's always one!!! I suppose his late nights football training, his help with the hockey team, his years of training and university are all driven by his ego and vanity. I have a feeling that the sponsors will be funding his trip during school holdays!! Bore off "V"!

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    Jeffas50

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • JD

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Thank you for the kind words Rels! This is Jimmy who this evil article is about. I'm very sorry if it has caused you offense Z & V, I do apologise! To be honest I'll probaby not make it out of Norfolk let alone the atmosphere so your taxes will no doubt be safe! I saw the competition & thought why not. Either way Lynx is funding it so I doubt the tax payer will lose on that account! Thank you all my friends, family, colleagues & the pupils at Acle for voiding! :) Z & V I look forwards to your vote for my vanity mission! "To infinity & beyond"

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    JD

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • I bad no idea we even had a space program.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • It's obviously a touchy subject with you V & I'm not even going to argue about it when you know nothing about myself or what I do on a daily basis, just like I know nothing about you! You keep saying its during term time! This is just speculation, the next stage is over summer! I probably won't make it that far anyway.

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    JD

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • What is your problem with teachers! ? And what is it you do? Apart from spread misery!?

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    dabman

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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