I am such a geek! I am a qualified veterinarian by trade, but a fitness freak by passion. I am dedicated and motivated, and take fitness very seriously, without taking myself or life too seriously. I like to laugh at myself – humour is a prerequisite for a joyful and fruitful life – but self-love, self-appreciation and time for self-care are equally important. Life has challenged me in so many aspects. Except for the fact that I had to put myself through vet school by studying while working a part-time job, I had to endure 2 spinal operations because of a herniated disc at L5-S1. This had to be the scariest part of my life. Nobody likes going under the knife thinking that you might not be able to walk again. It petrified me! And that at such a young age! But as soon as I got cleared from rehab and was able to start working out, I made it my mission and goal to practice spinal-conscious fitness regimens. During this time, I have learned that nothing comes without hard work, dedication and consistency. I have also learned that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. In conjunction with physiotherapists, biokineticists and my mom, I conquered my fears and started prepping for my first Bikini Fitness competition. I am willing to own up to the fact that I don’t always get it right, but I am always willing to learn! I am an animal lover and have an absolute passion for rescue animals and animal welfare organisations. I have 3 rescue dogs – two pit bulls (Akeela and Bartok) and Aurora, the drama queen Great Dane. She is the absolute representation of my spirit animal, quirky and clumsy but somehow manages to make it look good.
Voting is now closed. Final 12 to be announced 4 October 13:00
How does fitness fit into your lifestyle?
Fitness is life. Being active in the gym spills over into everyday life. Remember, every workout counts. Whether you are working out in a studio or gym, dancing, cleaning the house or playing with the dogs, it is about your future – building today for your future. Every aspect you work on now, your future self will thank you for. Being a veterinarian and a girl can be physically taxing and mentally draining. And being a stronger version of myself does not only help with the physical aspects of work but also plays an important role in mental health.
What are your personal fitness goals?
I am a spinal injury survivor. I have had 2 spinal surgeries in 5 years, both before the age of 30. The one thing that I’ve always taken for granted – being healthy, strong, and fit – could easily have become my biggest obstacle. But I have turned it around and it has now become my greatest asset – my reason to excel. I am driven to push my body’s boundaries, while still respecting its limitations. I’ve learned that if you put your mind to it, your body will follow. My goal is to motivate others to step so far out of their comfort zone so that they forget how to step back. And that it is possible for anyone to pursue their fitness dreams – nothing should hold you back. Your only limitation is your mindset. You should stretch your imagination and keep focusing on your goals. I want to inspire them to be the best version of themselves.