Meet the winners of the Africa Regional: Danie du Preez and Mona Pretorius. Not only is Du Preez an ambassador for the growing CrossFit presence in Africa, but at 42 he will also be one of the oldest individual competitors at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Competition isn’t new to Du Preez. He was an athlete at the 2009 CrossFit Games, finishing in 49th place. In 2010, he accompanied his affiliate team to the Games as their coach after finishing third in the regional as an individual competitor.
After chatting with competitors at the 2010 Games, Du Preez left with a determination to be back in 2011.
“They just gave me that drive, and I have to work so hard, push hard, train hard,” he says.
Mona Pretorius is an Olympic weightlifter and personal trainer in Capetown, South Africa.
Pretorius says she first used CrossFit as a conditioning program for Olympic lifting.
“They actually go hand-in-hand in helping each other,” she says. However, she admits: “At the moment, CrossFit is taking the upper hand.”
Pretorius is a new CrossFitter, having only started earlier this year. The Open and Africa Regional brought many firsts for her: she learned double-unders the night before Open Workout 11.1 and got her first muscle-up—then two more—at her regional.
Additional reading: Africa Regional Day 3 Recap, published June 12, 2011.