Apprentice winner Marnie Swindells recalls childhood trauma after dads death aged 8

The Apprentice 2023 winner Marnie Swindells has opened up about the death of her dad when she was just eight years old, and how the traumatic time has aided her success.

Marnie, 28, became the newest business partner of Lord Alan Sugar’s after beating fellow The Apprentice finalist Rochelle Anthony and took home a £250,000 investment from the billionaire to go towards her boxing gym.

The winner briefly touched upon the devastating loss of her father as a child while on the popular BBC programme, but has now gone into more detail about her dad’s death and spoke about how it pushed her to succeed.

Marnie’s dad was only 47 when he died and, while the 28 year old didn’t share his cause of death, she said it was an accident.

Two days after his death, a then-eight year old Marnie took part in a school play as her mum encouraged her to “carry on”.

Speaking to MailOnline, Marnie recalled: "My dad died very suddenly while we were in the caravan when he was 47. I saw the whole thing happen and I was actually the person that got the ambulance."

She went on: "He died on a Tuesday and on the Friday night I played Sandy in Grease and was up on stage singing and dancing. My mum is very tough, and she said it's happened now, and we have to carry on.

“It was a strange time because I felt I had to step up and become the man of the house because my mum was never very good with forms or letters, all the admin that comes when someone dies even at eight years old, I felt very responsible. I became my dad, I had to step into those shoes.”

Marine lived in a static caravan up until the age of 13 and, while she had a happy family life, she was determined to go on to do well for herself in light of her humble beginnings, and didn't want to financially struggle like her parents.

Marnie went on to note that while money doesn’t buy happiness, it does buy freedom.

Before going on The Apprentice, Marnie got a name for herself as both a boxing pro, as well as a court advocate.

After growing up in Manchester, Marnie became interested in boxing at the age of 17 when she was looking for something to channel her anger over losing her dad suddenly.

Marnie has revealed that she was the only girl at her local gym, but that didn’t put her off and she ended up moving to London aged 18 to pursue a professional career in the sport.

From 18 to 24, the businesswoman competed as a boxer and won several medals, including some gold, and also worked as a promoter and coach.

By chance, the young woman ended up coaching a barrister who suggested that she should consider a change of career herself.

Just two years later, at the age of 26, Marnie was called to the bar.

Despite having a successful law career, in light of her winning Lord Sugar’s investment it looks like the 28 year old will be focusing her attention on her love of boxing as she opens up her new high-end gym.


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