Friday, July 3, 2009
I am a 30 year old South African living and working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I am currently working for Wild Wadi Water Park as an Operations Manager, where I was part of the preopening team in 1999. I have worked in various aquatic facilities around the world, Kroonpark Holiday resort, Wild Wadi Water Park, Waterworld Water Park in Cyprus, Valley of Waves in Sun City South Africa, National Aquatic Center in Dublin Ireland, and finally Jumeirah Beach Club Resort and Spa in Dubai.
From a young age I have always been very active, looking for new challenges to push my endurance level to the limits. I have competed in 2 Ironman Triathlons, ran 2 Dubai marathons and swam in various open water races. While working in Sun City I took part in various cross country races and 10km road races with a personal best of 37 minutes in the Rustenburg Spar 10km night race.
Over the last two years I have not been as active I would like to be due to work and climate conditions. Here in Dubai the summers are very extreme and I am not your typical gym/indoor guy. I like being outdoors and testing myself against the elements!
About 6 months ago my wife told me of a friend of hers who would be taking place in the toughest footrace in the world, the Marathon des Sables in April 2009. Being curious I Googled the MDS, one of the greatest races I have ever came across, and I immediately wanted in! Having competed in 2 Ironman Triatlons, I knew this is something I`ll have to do!! Hopefully I`ll be the proud owner of a MDS 2010 medal come 12 April 2010.......