Where do you live?
Parkmore, Sandton, JHB
What do you do?
Main Sport: Road Running
Other sporting interests: Anything fitness related interests me. If you are moving, then I’m interested. If I am moving, then I’m interested.
I grew up in Johannesburg and now live in Parkmore with my family – husband Len and 4 year old twin boys Kergan and Barron. I am very family-orientated person and the majority of my weekends are structured around them.
I graduated cum laude from RAU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Philosophy and Psychology in 2002.Thereafter, I moved on with one of my great passions: sport and fitness, and completed my Personal Trainers Diploma, as well as various other qualifications in the Fitness Industry, including Group Training Instruction, Kettlebell Instruction, Kids Development, Crossfit Level 1 Certification and Life Coaching Accreditation (Results Coaching Systems)
After a couple of years gaining experience in project management and learning a bit more about the business side of life, I decided to combine my Life Coaching accreditation and years of Personal Training experience – Powerful Purpose Wellness Coaching came into being and from this also stemmed the #9to5Challenge Program. A beginner and intermediate running program, the #9to5Challenge is aimed at those wanting to start running but are not sure how to go about incorporating running into their lives as a way to get fit, lose weight, reduce stress, feel healthier and increase productivity.
My coaching is extremely important to me because I feel i was born to serve and help others. I have instinctively gone into careers where serving and helping people solve their problems has been at the forefront of my responsibilities. When my clients forget their amazing abilities it is my job to inspire, motivate and mentor them to live their true self every day.
To this end I think my coaching helps me to be a better runner and my running helps me to be a better coach. I have run socially for a number of years but it was only a year after the twins were born that I decided it was now or never. If I wanted to do anything with my own running career, then I would have to start training properly for what I wanted to achieve. I joined Neville in November 2015 and since then my running has improved to the point where I can actually taste the success that is coming. What a ride, and its only just begun.
Top Sporting Achievements
Back in the good old days:
Came 5th in first ever Marathon.
Managed to grab a 5:12 Two Oceans time first time around and then a 4:45 second time around.
Numerous top ten positions in various distances and races
My first African X trail race in March 2016 – what an amazing experience.
Second lady behind Caroline Wostman in the Denel 21km race, 1 week after she took her second Two Oceans Ultra title.
First Comrades Marathon completed in 2016 in a time 8:02.
First sub 40 10km at the Zwartkops Race in July 2016 – 39:58 – and first lady
First sub 3:10 Marathon at Kaapsehoop 2016 – 3:04 – 6th lady.
What do you love about your sport?
Fitness and health are cornerstones of who I am and I cannot imagine a life without sport, exercise and activity. It gives me the freedom to be my true self with no pressure to confirm to what society dictates you should be or do, especially as a female athlete.
Resistance by Muse
What do you have for breakfast?
Smoothie – All in one Carb, protein and glutamine shake with milk and some milo for extra flavour – even on my off days.
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