Thea van der Merwe

Age: 28
Lives: Middelburg, Mpumalanga 

I have my Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety for the Construction and Mining industries, as well as my Higher Certificate in Exercise Science via HFPA. I coached and trained clients but left that career when my son was born and to help my husband run our business. My beautiful son is four years old and I absolutely love being a mom and wife. God plays the biggest role in what I have and where and who I am today. His guidance in my life has been ever present. I am the type of person who will make a point of letting you know how beautiful and worthy you are as I have been on the other side where I got made to feel like I am not good enough. I got bullied, called names, and pushed around. I have a really big heart and will give my only shirt off my back to someone who doesn’t have one. I am shy yet also absolutely love encouraging those around me. We all have our own time to shine and until it’s my time, I will help and support others to make sure their rays glow. Every day presents us with new opportunities where we have to work hard to move forward. I am me, unfiltered, with flaws. I am proud and embrace me – someone who is perfectly imperfect.

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How does fitness fit into your lifestyle?

It is my lifestyle. From waking up in the morning to going to bed at night, I always try to stay active. Whether it is going to the gym, doing my chores on the farm or in the house, or playing with my son. That’s the beauty of fitness – it’s only limited to what you make yourself believe it can be. You have no idea how much it helps making laundry an exercise. Extra squats every Wednesday! This approach has helped me keep my body the way it is all year round. Mindset is also so important. There should always be a balance. Listening to your body plays a key role. When it comes to the competing side of things, my husband supports me emotionally and physically. I also have support from my friends and family. I don’t have to fit fitness into my lifestyle when it forms part of my life. I am grateful because I have had the most amazing coaches who got me to where I am today.

What are your personal fitness goals?

Competing overseas has always been a dream of mine. My personal fitness goals would be to improve my physique to compete among amazing athletes on an international stage.

43 Comments

  • Thato Seopa on August 24, 2021

    This is beautiful Thea! I was smiling from ear to ear while reading your bio. You deserve this title! ❤️🌸

    • Nadine on August 28, 2021

      This is 100% the Thea i know. You are a ray of light in my life. You are 1 in a bazillion and i wish you all the best in this competition.
      Honey… you going places and that international stage is waiting for you!
      Love you friendy!

      • Thea on September 1, 2021

        Thank you Nadzzzzz 🖤 love you so much 🙏🏼🙏🏼

      • Helena Botha on September 3, 2021

        What an Inspiration she is and has always been to me and so many others out there. Always giving a helping hand and guidance for those who need it and not expecting a single thing back. I am proud to call her my sister, my best friend and my coach! It’s your time to shine big little sis! 💙

        • Thea on September 6, 2021

          I love you so much.! You are my sister and best friend.! The amount of courage I get when I’m with you🖤🖤🖤 thank you for being who you are.! Your live and support has always been there and I can not thank you enough.! You are so strong and courageous and beautiful.! Thank you thank you thank you

    • Thea on September 1, 2021

      I appreciate your love and support so much beautiful .! Thank you sooooo so much .! 🌹🥺🖤🖤🖤 It it’s my time, then let it be done, if not then ill wait 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Rochelle on August 25, 2021

    Thea my dear, you deserve this title more than ever before, you are always willing to help. 3 weeks before my show when I was in trouble with a posing coach you took me as a stramger woth open arms into your home while still busy moving aswell to help me, it felt like Ibknew you forever since then you made the greatest inpact on my life. You are my inspiration and I love you so much. Your one amazing humble person

    • Thea on September 1, 2021

      Beautiful Rochelle.! Thank you for your kind words 🙏🏼 I will always help🖤🖤 Good luck with your surgery today.! Keeping you in my prayers beautiful woman🌹🌹🌹

    • Janine on September 6, 2021

      Good luck mooistes. U got this

      • Thea on September 6, 2021

        Janine thank you so much queen.! Your support means more than you think🖤🖤🌹🌹 thank you.!

  • Kirsten on September 4, 2021

    Beautiful lady! Inside and out!!! ♡♡♡♡

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Beautiful Kirsten thank you soooo so much🙏🏼 I appreciate your support 🖤

  • Charlotte on September 6, 2021

    I personally know Thea and what a Queen she is! She is amazing, always there to lend a helping hand. She is very compassionate about what she does everyday! She’s a big role model for me! Her guidance towards advice where I struggle to understand, whether its work or personal she helps you succeed all the way. Beautiful soul with a huge heart!!!! Very blessed to have in my life.

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      😭😭😭😭 you gonna make me cry CHARLIEEEEEEEE 🥺🥺🥺 wow, thank you so much for just being you.! Supporting.! Helping. I have no words and thank you doesn’t even seem enough 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

  • Lala on September 6, 2021

    The most beautiful and charismatic woman ❤️❤️❤️ I know for sure you will represent and do justice if you win this. And we couldn’t ask for any better front lead 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Lala🖤🖤🌹🌹🌹 I have no words 🖤🖤 thank you thank thank you🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 So much love for you queeen🖤🖤🖤 can’t wait to see you at World Cup🖤🖤🏆

  • Johanna Van Zyl on September 6, 2021

    What a lovely lady? Set such an example to all of us! You are A WINNER! Best of luck beautiful Thea!❤🌻

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Thank you sooooo so much 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I really do appreciate the love and support.! May you be blessed in abundance 🖤🌹🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Lizelle on September 6, 2021

    A beautiful soul…! Thea deserve this 100%❤️

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Beautiful Lizelle🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thank you so much🌹 I don’t think you realize how much this means to me🖤🖤🖤

  • Ana dias on September 6, 2021

    Best of luck my beautiful Thea !
    You such an amazing person and you definitely deserve this .❤️❤️❤️

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Ana you beautiful human you.! 🌹🌹🌹🌹 thank you for always supporting me.! What a queen you are.! Thank you soooooo so much .! 🌹🌹🌹🌹 I appreciate your love and support 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • VIVIENNE BOTHA on September 6, 2021

    Good luck Thea !!! You deserve this pretty lady !!

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Vivienne thank you soooooo much.! I really do appreciate it beautiful.! 🌹🌹🌹🖤 praying you have a blessed week 🙏🏼🙏🏼🌹

  • Estie on September 6, 2021

    Thea, you are an inspiration to all. You are amazing and thank you for just being you. Truely awesome. Good luck.

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Said the beaut herself.! You don’t realise how many you inspire 🖤🖤🙏🏼🌹🌹 thank you times a million for your support 🖤🖤🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 You are just amazing .!

  • Jade on September 6, 2021

    You are the best ❤️ and deserve this so much…

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Dearest Jade, thank you soooooo so much.! I appreciate your support .!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🌹🌹🌹🌹 thank you thank you thank you gorgeous stunner 🖤🌹🌹🌹🙏🏼

  • Bernice Botha on September 6, 2021

    Thea, mag die Here altyd in jou gesien word. Jy is kosbaar en het soveel liefde,ondersteuning en voorbeeld om te wys vir ander.

    • Thea on September 6, 2021

      Liefste Bernice.! Jou woorde beteken baie🌹 I have the worlds time for you🖤🖤🖤🖤 so baie dankie.! Never forget how strong and beautiful you are🌹🌹🖤 ek is so dankbaar.!

    • Bernice botha on September 21, 2021

      Top 32 wow!!!!! Top 12 next en dan nr 1 !!!!

  • Seano on September 7, 2021

    Hey babz🥰 WOW WOW WOW is all I can say, reading how you have touched so many peoples lives God is smiling from ear to ear and I know it’s not going to stop here all I can say is Jeremiah 29:11, you are an amazing passionate women and what an honor it’s been to have you as my wife 😍😍, I know you got this 😙 p.s no matter what YOU will always be mine and Logies CHAMP, now go do this thing hehaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thea on September 7, 2021

      My Babe🤗🤗🤗💟 you have been my rock since day one and I can not thank God enough for you.! Your support, guidance and love is more than I can ask for💟 regardless of what happens, I am proud because I know that I have made you and Logan proud 💟💟 I love you.! I could not have done this without you.!

  • Kara on September 7, 2021

    Hoping and praying you win this beautiful lady!! You would be an amazing ambassador for Biogen!

    • Thea on September 7, 2021

      Kara My gorgeous friend.! Your contacts support have been such an impact in my life.! Thank you dor who you are 🌹🖤 I appreciate you more than you think 🌹🖤🖤🖤

  • Maria on September 7, 2021

    🥰🥰🥰🥰 pave the way my Queen.

    • Thea on September 7, 2021

      My beautiful Maria.! The one who helped me at my very first show when I didn’t know where to go.! Thank you my queen.! Regardless of what happens, let’s continue to pave the way together 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🌹🖤🖤

  • Nick on September 10, 2021

    Humble soul …& wonderful women taking fitness industry to next level..Always going out and helping , guiding amature athletes to be da best

  • Bernadine on September 15, 2021

    Beautiful woman both inside and out!!! Always stay humble and glow in God’s glory.❤️🌹❤️

  • Gawie on September 16, 2021

    Sys 0ragtig

  • Tarbie on September 21, 2021

    You are one special person. You make the world a better place and have a huge impact on everyone’s life that you enter. I am blessed to call you my friend and I love you so much♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  • Vanessa on September 21, 2021

    So proud of you my beautiful friend♥️
    Sending you lots of love ♥️♥️♥️

  • Johanna Van Zyl on September 21, 2021

    She is such a lovely lady. One can look up to her. She sets añ example to all of us.

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