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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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Interview with Ryan Sandes ahead of NorthFace 100

Sandman off to Round Two with nemesis NorthFace Ryan Sandes jets to Australia on 7 May 2012 to compete in the fifth edition of the NorthFace 100 ultra-marathon, a race that hit him hard in 2011. Little wonder… it’s known as one of the most difficult 100km ultra-trail marathon events in the southern hemisphere. It starts on Saturday 19 May, in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park in Leura, Australia. He made a few […]

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SA Tourism’s Sugen Pillay interviewed about SETE 2011

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Lifesaver Eloise van Geysen, May 2011

It’s not just a calling, it’s a sport by Bryan Allott Lifesaving started out as a purely voluntary movement (and largely remains as such) with most clubs being all-male. And as with most sports throughout history, this remained the status quo until just after the seventies. As women started joining the world of sport, we’ve seen performances from the fairer sex equal to, and in some cases, even surpass those of the, erm, hairier athletes. […]

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Mark Thjis: cyclist, cancer survivor

Cancer survivor Mark Thjis on bike for eight Mark Thjis is one of the heroes of the 2010 edition of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge. Despite being diagnosed with bladder cancer last year and having to undergo six operations and three sets of chemo therapy, Thjis is still trying to live each day to its fullest and he never shies away from a challenge.

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