Shanwayne Stephens, right, with his team-mate Nimrod Turgott ©Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II, the world's longest living reigning monarch, has praised Jamaican bobsleigh athlete Shanwayne Stephens in a virtual meeting after being impressed by his viral video showing his training exercises.

Stephens gained notoriety last month when he and his team-mate pushed his fiancee's Mini Cooper car around the British city of Peterborough, where he is based.

The 29-year-old was invited to the meeting with The Queen in a call with British Armed Forces from around the world.

The Jamaican is a lance corporal in the Royal Air Force and the pilot for Jamaica's bobsleigh team, and is based in the city for his job.

According to Cambridgeshire Live, Stephens surprised the Queen when he revealed his training regime to which she replied: "Well I suppose that's one way to train."

She was joined by representatives from the British Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force as well as the chief of the defence staff, General Nick Carter.

Reflecting on his call, Stephens said: "She had a big smile on her face when I said about pushing the car, I think she was quite impressed with that."

Having been inspired by the film Cool Runnings, Stephens first experienced bobsleigh in 2015 having moved to Peterborough when he was 11.

Two years later, he joined Jamaica's national team, narrowly missing out on qualification for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

During the lockdown period in Britain, Stephens and his team-mate Nimroy Turgott turned to pushing the car after their usual facilities were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added: "It obviously doesn't go quite as fast, but you're training the same sort of muscle groups and you're building the same sort of muscle groups.

"Like anything, if you push something heavier than what you're supposed to push, then at the end of the day you should be able to push the real thing a lot faster."

Jamaica are now focusing on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, having not competed in the four-man event since Nagano 1998.