Chantelle van Heerden started horse riding when she was just 9 years old. She’s been riding ever since.
Just before Covid hit, she had decided that she was going to train for her first half Ironman which she planned to do in 2020. It was a bucket list item. She started with sprint distances, slowly extending into longer distances. Soon enough, she fell in love with triathlon/duathlon.
What she loves about sport is the passion, discipline and hard work you have to put in which becomes a rewarding process.
To date, her favourite memory is finishing her first Two Oceans half marathon and reaching a personal best.
“My training is my sanity for the day before I can start with adulting, it keeps me focused and energised, disciplined.”
Her dream is to finish a full Ironman and believes that there are no shortcuts in sport.
“I have seen too many athletes wanting the easy way out and end up with really bad injuries.”
The person who has inspired her the most in sport is fellow team mate, Emma Pallant-Browne. “She is an inspiration to many woman in the sporting industry, she is an phenomenal individual and an amazing friend.”
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