Dominique Mann is South Africa’s most decorated female aerobic gymnast, with an impressive trophy cabinet and medal collection that could rival any high achiever in the sports world. This includes being a 10 times South African Aerobic Gymnastics Champion, five times African Aerobic Gymnastics Champion and World Cup Aerobic Gymnastics Medalist. That's quite a feat in a sport that doesn’t receive much funding or publicity in South Africa. Following her retirement from Gymnastics back in 2017, Dominque has shifted her focus to competing in Obstacle Course Racing. She maintained her winning ways after claiming Gold at the Wadi Adventure Race in Dubai, and Bronze in the Spartan Race in Dubai. Dominique is looking forward to a very competitive 2019.
Competitive sport has always been an important part of Lauren’s life. She met her husband on the top step of the Buffalo City 70.3 podium, and in 2013, they set out to take on every race possible. Unbeknownst to Lauren, arthritis was setting in on the toe joints on her right foot, and excruciating pain slowly but surely saw her pulling out of races before losing the love for triathlon and racing altogether.
After the birth of her two daughters, Lauren decided 2018 was the year to make a marathon comeback. A failed attempt to reach third place in Deloitte’s Half Marathon left Lauren’s right foot completely numb, and a grinding journey of x-rays, MRIs and finally surgery left her with the crippling prognosis that she would never run again. Ready to defy those odds, Lauren began an arduous battle of physio, and slowly but surely surprised her doctor’s with her progress. Six months after surgery, Lauren was ready to take to her bike again, with her husband.
Today, Lauren has her heart set on SA Champs. Sleep-ins are something of the past, as there is no time to catch up missed training with school drop-offs, extra murals and generally being a mom and wife. Her competitive goals require a huge amount of dedication and overtime, but Lauren is ready to reach her goal and make herself and her family proud.
Kelly is the creator of kellystegen.com (formerly known as Kelfit Lifestyle) - a product born from her love of helping people become the best possible version of themselves. She is a mom of two, an ISSA Qualified Sports and Fitness Specialist and Nutritionist, and has coached clients all over the world, from America, Australia and New Zealand to Dubai, the UK and even up in Africa.
After battling with her weight throughout her life, Kelly decided enough was enough; she made the decision to get on stage after watching a fitness show in 2009. It took her 12 weeks to transform her body, and she has since gone on to compete in 12 fitness competitions and represent Natal in the SA Champs three times. Kelly is also passionate about helping mothers manage their weight and constantly strive to be the best versions of themselves.
After working as a health and fitness coach in New York, Marc's frequent travelling has seen him take his coaching business online. He is also a model-cum-actor who runs his own Airbnb business. After a serious motorcycle accident, Marc was told he may never walk again or at least lose mobility, and he began researching health and nutrition extensively. Now, with over a decade's worth of knowledge, Marc has developed a passion for researching and experimenting with different foods, herbs, supplements and training techniques.
Mishka is a powerhouse in the modelling, media and volunteer world. As a Miss South Africa, Miss Veet and Miss Earth finalist in 2014, Mishka also made the cut for Glamour Magazine’s national Most Glamorous Top 10 in 2017. On the media front, she is the co-owner of GeTuned Media, and presented on SABC 2’s Pasella for four years, up until 2018. She has recently taken on the role of News and Traffic presenter at GoodHope FM as well. As an acclaimed motivational speaker and social media influencer, Mishka ran the Mishka Patel Success Classes at three primary schools in January 2015. Here, she equipped young girls with the skills and knowledge to have a successful high school journey. Mishka also prioritises charity work and fundraising, and has been at the head of projects to support Miss Earth, CHOC, energy efficiency, unprivileged schools, and planting trees in around Stellenbosch.
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