Brett Challenor- My husband, manager and NUMBER ONE FAN
Without the love, support and encouragement I get from this guy my running would not be possible. Brett has supported me from the start, he is an incredibly hands on father to our three little girls and is determined to help make my dreams come true. Brett is not only my husband and best friend, he is also my training partner, be it on foot or on his bicycle.
Coming form a sporting background; Brett has represented South Africa in Surf Life saving for numerous years, he has played provincial water polo, is a great paddler and swimmer and also runs. He knows just what it takes to get to the top, which makes him more determined to help me achieve my goals. Brett is MY PERSON and doing life with him is simply amazing.
Physiotherapist – Wayne Holroyd
Wayne Holroyd is an SASMA accredited sports physiotherapist and holds a masters degree in sports physiotherapy. He is a senior partner in the Holroyd & Goodenough Physio group and consults from the Centre for Sports Medicine, Umhlanga.
Wayne is my “Mr Sticky”, he makes everything possible in this journey to reach my dreams. Wayne constantly maintains my body and muscles, keeping them in good condition allowing me to train and race at an elite level. He quiet literally holds me together like sticky tape. There is no injury he cannot fix. Wayne is not only there as my physio but is the most amazing mental support, he knows me so well and knows just when to lend a shoulder or to tell me to harden up. Wayne as a physio is a cut above the rest; with injuries he wont just fix you, he will explain exactly what the injury is, how it came about, fix you and give you knowledge to avoid the injury reoccurring. I’ve never met a person who gives so much of his time to his patients and has a brain the size of an encyclopedia. There is nothing this man cant fix. I trust him with my life, he never lets me down.
Wayne is truly a world class physio and a rock star friend. I am so grateful for this awesome guy I call Mr Sticky.
Biokineticist – Dennis Jackson
Dennis studied BSc Sport Science and Hons Biokinetics at Stellenbosch University at the Stellenbosch Sport Science Centre (1996 – 2000), and graduated top of his class. In July 2001 he opened his biokinetic practice at the Umhlanga Rehabilitation Centre. He has always specialised in sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation and has been doing orthopaedic rehab for the Umhlanga Hospital orthopaedic and neurosurgeons for the past 6 years. He has done testing and training with the Sydney 2000 Para-Olympic athletes at the Stellenbosch Sport Science Centre. In July 2007 he opened a second practise with Dr. Warren Van Zyl (Chiropractor for the Sharks) in Durban North which is being run by Debbie Edwards (Biokineticist). Jimmy Wright and Dennis Jackson have formed a joint association for the Centre for Sports Medicine.
Dennis is a core part of my team and has allowed me to physically grow my strength and balance my body. Where possible I train with Dennis twice a week and his understanding of what I want to achieve and need as an athlete are what makes the difference. Dennis is also a great runner and athlete which I believe is a great asset to have in his understanding and contribution to my career path.
Nutritionist – Mark Wolf
Mark is a nutrition, wellness and physiology expert with over 20 yrs of experience. He is an innovative out of the box thinker and constantly brings exciting and creative developments to the forefront of health and nutrition. His experience as an endurance athlete over many years has brought a lot of knowledge and guidance to the many amateur and professional athletes he works with on a daily basis. Mark is the co-founder of 32Gi an energy supplement provider in the sports industry that focuses its brand around balanced and sustainable energy for endurance sports. Having a complete focus on health Mark has ensured the products are clean and provide only what they are intended to do as a supplement. The range is child and diabetic friendly.
Mark always has MY best interests at heart; he is not only there for me as a nutritionist but also as an incredible mental support and friend. Mark is a top class athlete so understands what it takes to be able to train and compete at an elite level. He calls me his “naughty athlete” because I have such a sweet tooth but he is slowly getting the better of me and educating me in the world of nutrition and the importance of fueling my body to perform at its best.
My Coach – Ernie Gruhn
I’m honored to call this man my coach, my friend and a person who believes “I CAN”. He has given me belief in my abilities and myself. Ernie has the WHOLE package as a coach. He writes very personal training programs according to what works for the individual and he is an AMAZING communicator, which is an integral part of a relationship between an athlete and a coach.
Ernie GETS ME, he understands how I tick and knows what works for me. I have the utmost respect for my coach and know we will be going far together.
Registered Biokineticist and Golf Conditioning Coach
Dolphins Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach
Bsc Sports Science (UKZN) Cum Laude , Hons Biokinetics (UKZN) Cum Laude
MR SPUNK as i call him, formally known as Jaryd is a practicing Biokineticist and Strength and Conditioning coach at the Prime Human Performance Institute.The world class Facility boasts state of the art equipment and he strives to give each of his athletes the individualistic and optimal attention they need whether it is in the form of rehabilitation or sport specific strength and conditioning programming. Every body has the ability to move and loco-mote, therefore every individual is classed as a athlete. Our bodies are designed to move efficiently, however poor posture, limited focus of form and daily stresses from strict training regimes can alter movement patterns resulting in dysfunction in body segments occurring. Jaryd has a keen interest in movement mechanics of a variety of different sports and strives to get his athletes to move optimally within their own physical characteristics of there body make-up. One of his key aspects,and is the foundation of all his rehabilitation, strength and conditioning programs, is the focus of maintaining optimal tissue quality and mobility in the correct joint segments and soft tissue structures of the body. Staying mobile, and having improved tissue quality leads to overall better performance and aids in injury reduction. I see Jaryd weekly and we are constantly working on improving my movement patterns, with a strong emphasis on my mobility programming. I look forward to a long journey ahead with this Mr Spunk.
If you wish to find out how you can improve your ability to move, please don’t hesitate to contact him:
Prime Human Performance Institute
The Prime Human Performance Institute is a worldclass Sports Medical, High Performance and Training Facility based within Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium. Prime provides scientific support to both professional and non-professional athletes aspiring to achieve greatness within their specific discipline. Prime has successfully brought together South Africa’s top sport and medical experts to deliver an unparalleled service to all
Prime is like my second home, it is a place I feel very happy and comfortable in which allows me to train at the standards I need to get to where I am going. Prime has a way about welcoming my whole family, my little girls are always welcome there which to me as a mother means so much.
More details about Prime Human Performance Institute – www.primehp.co.za
Dietician – Stefan van der Merwe
Stefan van der Merwe is a dietitian who is passionate about new ideas within the industry. His special interests are creating healthy lifestyles, sports nutrition, & diabetes management. He truly loves food and is relentless in his quest to create good food in a healthy way. He studied BSc. Sports Science at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his BSc Medical Honours post graduate degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Cape Town.
Stef has been a great support to me in getting me to eat a lot more to get my eating plan more balanced. He is very good at checking up on me making sure the wheels haven’t fallen off. I’m very blessed to have Stef and all his knowledge in my corner and have enjoyed popping into Lungile Health for check ups. Stef has a wonderful way about his work, he is not pushy or restricting, he fits the program to your life style making it very easy to follow and not scary if that makes sense.
Stef is from Lungile health.
First of its kind on the continent, ENDUROCAD aims to become the most proficient distance running and endurance sports academy in Africa. Together with its partners – the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) and Stellenbosch Sports Academy (SAS), it offers a complete suite of services to support and professionally manage world class distance runners.
I am privileged to be apart of Endurocad’s satellite team of athletes, it offers us incredible support and opportunities to reach our goals. Endurocad not only inspires athletes but raises them up to show the world that SA CAN RUN. It is a non-profit organization aimed
More details on Endurocad – www.endurocad..co.za
KPMG Running Club
I run for the newly formed KPMG running club. It’s an honor to be one of the first members of their elite team. Their professional approach has blown me away, it certainly does make things stress free and allows me to focus on the part that i absolutely love to do, “run”.
I look forward to a long journey with KPMG and know that with their support I will be able to go after my dreams and make them a reality.