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, Sikelela Mdantsane.
Please tell us about your favourite type of sport? How / when did you start doing this sporting / fitness activity?
My favourite sport is triathlon because I love swimming, and this sport includes swimming, cycling and running. I started doing triathlon in 2014, and I haven’t looked back since then.
How has triathlon changed your life?
Triathlon changed my life in many ways. It taught me self-discipline, and I now know what is good for my body – I don’t just eat anything. I also got the chance to engage with different kinds of people, which gave me a lot of experience.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with a new fitness routine?
I think they must start by easing into their training, and have fun while training, but most importantly, focus on what you love.
How important is nutrition in your life? Do you have any healthy eating tips that you could share?
Due to my sport, it is very important, because I eat only veggies, and that gives me a lot of energy. My sport requires me to maintain my weight, and this diet helps me to not gain weight. Veggies and protein can especially help those who need more endurance.
Everybody goes through moments when it seems easier to give up. How do you stay motivated during those moments?
To enjoy my training or races, I always think about those who want to do it, but they can’t because of health challenges. I also have lots of supporters who look up to me, especially in my community – that gives me more motivation.
What race or event are you most looking forward to this year?
For now, I’m looking forward to the South African Triathlon Championship in Durban on 22 March, followed by the Challenge Championships in Šamorin, Slovakia, on 30 and 31 May, the South African Duathlon Championships in Cape Town on 21 June, and the ITU World Championship in Canada on 5 and 6 September.
What is your sporting motto?
Don’t stop just because you’re tired, stop when you’re done. It’s all about finishing.
What role do you believe your sporting discipline can play in the upliftment of communities or of our country?
Triathlon can play a big role in communities to children who enjoy swimming, cycling and running.