Profession: Future sponsored Nike athlete in training
DOB: 11 October 1990
After a few years of resisting the “strong is the new skinny” and “sweat is fat crying” memes plastered on my friends social media feeds, I finally grew tired of my first year spread and registered to run my first Two Oceans Half Marathon.
People say there is no better thing than the wind in your hair as you stream along Southern Cross Drive. They’re lying. It sucks. And there are way better things… Like ice-cream.
Luckily, I happen to be the most competitive human being in the world. And the only thing I hated more than those 21.1km (because there was a 0.1km in there which you forget about), was knowing that I had to walk through the finish when others could run it. This was the beginning of the end as I discovered that when you aren’t dying 2.5km in, running can actually be quite pleasant… therapeutic even. Three years later, I don’t run to be skinny or for fitness, but for my sanity- and the sanity of those around me.
I have been involved with various volunteer work and charities since High School and with both my parents being teachers, I believe in the power of education to not only uplift and change an individual, but an entire country. The Make A Difference Leadership Foundation are doing just that- changing the world, one undiscovered future engineer, doctor and teacher at a time. It is a cause which I am so incredibly proud to be a part of… and go through at least two pairs of takkies and knee caps for.