Tifosi’s call for entries to become an ambassador for some of our brands was met with great enthusiasm and hundreds of applicants.
Tifosi was thrilled to announce the final list of 29 ambassadors in April, and now it is our pleasure to introduce you to the guys and girls who represent Tifosi’s brands when they compete in numerous events across the country and abroad.
In this article, as a part of a series about our new ambassadors, we introduce Janesh P. Ganda.
What is your favourite sport?
Triathlon and running.
What do you love most about your choice of sport?
Triathlon is as much a mental sport, as it is a physical sport. The dark places that you go through doing a triathlon are often not encountered in training sessions, and it’s a strong mental game that gets you through it. It’s a part of the sport that is innate, and sometimes the most rewarding: to know that you push yourself without backing down.
When did you start participating in this sport and what made you get into it?
I started this sport in 2008, when I was training for the Midmar Mile. I did a fair amount of swimming, and I was already supplementing it with running. I came across the BSG Sprint Triathlon Series in Germiston Lake, and my brother and I decided to give it a go. The bug bit and we kept training, kept racing and ended up going to two World Championships during that time. The need to continually better yourself and your previous time is what pushed my brother and I to train harder and harder in pursuit of the podium.
What is your favourite piece of Compressport apparel and why do you use it?
The headband. It looks cool!
How do you stay motivated – especially during the winter and over holidays?
I currently work in an environment with professional sportsmen, and seeing them motivate each other and the rest of the team generally motivates me to train and push myself. Being a team physician means I deal with many training and game-related injuries, and I always believe that my understanding of their psyche only comes because I train and try to keep myself fit.
What advice would you give someone who has just started their fitness journey?
A fitness journey is not a short-term gain. It takes time before results are noticed. Chase down your personal goals (faster run, swim and bike times), instead of trying to chase the person in front of you. Striving for your own goals will eventually lead you to outracing your opponents, and will eventually get you into the top spots at any race. Internal motivation lasts longer than trying to chase down your opponents when training.