After receiving and sifting through hundreds of applications from athletes all over South Africa, it is our pleasure to introduce you to 2020’s On Ambassadors!
This year’s applications far exceeded our expectations, both in quantity and quality, and although we can only choose a certain amount of people to represent On at events in 2020, we are already looking forward to your applications in 2021. If this year’s entrants are any indication, we are excited to see what the amateur and professional sporting world will dish up in the future.
We are honoured to introduce you to 2020 On Ambassador, Millie Otsieno.
Please tell us about your favourite type of sport? How / when did you start doing this sporting / fitness activity?
My favorite sport is road running. Running makes me feel like nothing is impossible if you put in the work – I apply in everything in my life.
I started running in 2013, after having my son and having to relocate from the USA to South Africa. I didn’t have much to do at home as a stay-at-home mom, but take care of my child, eat and sleep most of the time. I gained weight and realised most of my favorite outfits were no longer fitting. That’s when I decided to take on running to lose the weight, and I’ve never looked back ever since.
How has running changed your life?
Running has given me the body I always wished for, and the confidence to tackle any challenge in life. I am no longer scared of anything that comes my way. I like to relate it to “running up a hill” – there’s always a downhill that comes with every hill.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with a new fitness routine?
Keep it consistent, and you’ll see rewards sooner than you think.
How important is having quality footwear when training?
Being able to run in comfortable shoes without worrying is the best feeling ever, as it will helps prevent injuries, helping you be the best you can be.
Do you prefer to train alone or with other people?
I enjoy both. Solo runs build my mental strength, to know I must push myself, regardless of who is there. Group runs help me push harder physically to improve my fitness.
What race or event are you most looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to the Comrades Marathon.
What is your sporting motto?
Stick to your lane, and be patient with yourself.
What role do you believe your sporting discipline can play in the upliftment of communities or of our country?
I try to inspire my community as I go, so we all can be healthy, and that will slowly result in a healthy nation.