I am a typical small town farm boy who has always loved the outdoors and was already running around all over the place shortly after learning how to walk. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with asthma from a very young age, the asthma specialist advised that I should start swimming as it would develop my lungs and before I knew it I was in the swimming pool. The swimming coach at the time very soon realised my potential and love for running during the dry land sessions we did.
I then also got into running training soon after this and before I knew it I was competing in multi discipline sports of swimming and running. I went on to win multiple medals at world Biathle championships. My parents were also avid cyclists at the time and I soon began to develop a passion for riding a bike and on one of my birthdays my bike that I used to ride around on the farm got swapped for a road bike.
So now I was doing all the disciplines of Triathlon without even knowing such a sport existed. I then saw a Triathlon on television, it was the old Energade sprint series at the time. I asked my parents to take me to the next one and they didn’t even think twice. My triathlon career started where I eventually qualified for the Youth Olympic games at age 16 and then the following year I made the move to the High Performance Centre to fully develop my passion for triathlon where I then three years later became a World Champion. I am now a professional triathlete racing all over the world and I train up to 30-35 hours a week.
My proudest moments in Triathlon:
Winning 2012 Junior World Triathlon Champs.
Winning 2014 Chengdu ITU World Cup
Representing South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Representing South Africa at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Representing South Africa at the 2011 African Games