Alana van Eerden

“Being active keeps me sane and those around me safe,” jokes Alana.

Diagnosed with manic bipolar depression 8 years ago, she now manages her life by staying active and concentrating on her nutrition.

Her main loves are cycling and hockey and her favorite memory was when she made the Western Province Masters Hockey team in 2019.

She has worked hard to build her fitness and that entails daily rides, walking the dogs, hockey practice and running. Often all the activities on one day.

Her husband has played a big role in influencing her to be active by pushing her forward when she has felt like she wanted to give up.

“It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, I want to be able to say that I was there and gave it my all.”

When asked which personality she’d love to meet, her answer was surprising.

“I have met quite a lot of sports personalities but I feel that we should focus more on the lads and ladies who have come from having the bare minimum and have risen up. I would love to meet those young people who have refused to settle with what they were dealt with and not played the victim mentality. They are the true sports personalities.”

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