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Sbonelo Khwela, 2017 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddling

Ten minutes with Sbonelo Khwela

Sbonelo Khwela is a product of the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy. Rising out of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, he has worked his way up to being one of South Africa’s leading paddlers. After four Non-Stop Dusi titles in a K2, his wife finally convinced him to make the change to a K1 in 2015. It wasn’t long until he saw the reward of his decision, and just a year later became the first black man to take the Non-Stop Dusi title.

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Henri Schoeman after the Rio Olympics

In March 2011, Henri Schoeman shattered his right collarbone in a mountain biking accident. “I was forced to start working on the basics again. I used the time to strengthen the muscles in my lower legs. The results started showing when I began running again. It may have disrupted my 2011 season… but it was a blessing in disguise.” Fast forward to August 2016, and Henri finds himself on the Olympic triathlon podium, a bronze […]

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Interview with Maqhwe Mfula founder Mike Hay

Three questions with Maqhwe Mfula founder Mike Hay Why the name choice? The name Maqhwe Mfula, loosely translated, means Heroes of the River – Amaqhwe means warriors and Iqhawe heroes. So I tried to give the race a trendy name to get my point across. The Heroes part of the name came about as an idea that just by taking on the adventure that the valley provides and by completing the race you also become […]

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10 Questions With Andre Calitz

AJ, as he is affectionately known, is the new alpha male in local trail running. He snapped at the heels of trail running maestro Iain Don-Wauchope at the Otter African Trail Run in October and broke the 50km Three Peaks Challenge record by 17 minutes in November. Earlier in the year, in wind and rain, he won the 80km Hi-Tec Peninsula Ultra Fun Run (PUFfeR) and set a new record time of 6:59:36, becoming the […]

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10 Questions With Martin Dreyer

Paddling, adventure racing, mountain biking, even professional fishing, Martin Dreyer has done it all. The 44-year-old has won the Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times plus seven Non-Stop Dusi wins, the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge and he holds the record for the Freedom Challenge mountain bike ride across South Africa. For the last few years he’s been giving back and helping youngsters from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN realise their potential through […]

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10 Questions With Michael Mol

Michael Mol may be a medical doctor, TV presenter and public speaker but he also has a passion for helping people find true significance and a holistic, balanced approach to the world they live in. It goes without saying that he’s passionate about health and fitness as well. His charisma and ‘go for it’ attitude is infectious. You’re a medical doctor, an executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant, company director, a husband and […]

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Dakar winner Giniel de Villiers on mountain biking

Meet the Rally Rider: Giniel de Villiers has a mountain biking addiction. Giniel de Villiers has had a long and successful career in motorsport so far. The 2009 Dakar Rally champion may be one of the top Rally Raid drivers in the world but he also dominated local touring car racing in the 90s, with four South African Touring Car titles, including three in a row from 1997-1999. It was back in this decade that […]

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Interview With Precedent-Setting Triathlete Pieter Du Preez

Pieter Du Preez (Supa Piet) recently became the world’s first quadriplegic athlete to complete a Ironman 70.3 event. We interviewed Piet and his wife Illse back in 2010 where he mentioned his goal of completing a half Ironman one day. Wheels of Life was orginally published in the July/August 2010 issue He went over the bonnet of a car, landed in ICU for over 40 days, was on a ventilator for 32 and lost his […]

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10 Questions With Vanessa Haywood

You may recognise Vanessa Haywood from her career as a model and actress, most notably as Wikus’ wife in the blockbuster movie District 9. The beauty, who hails from Mpumalanga and now lives in Cape Town, is a former finalist in both Miss South Africa and Miss Fitness. However, you won’t find Vanessa in the studios that much anymore. The outdoors is her new studio. Her love for the outdoors and adventure has seen her […]

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How Liezel van der Westhuizen stays fit

TV and radio personality, model and MC, Liezel van der Westhuizen has a demanding career. But that’s just one side of the former M-Net Idols presenter’s life. The other side is her passion for staying fit. She’s not afraid to try new ways of doing so. Beginnings “One of the first sporting activities I took part in as a youngster in Pretoria was swimming. I remember my first lesson and how much I loved it. […]

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