Africa Regional

Athlete Profile: Danie du Preez - Africa Regional

One of the first CrossFitters in Africa shoots for the Games.

Danie du Preez is working hard to spread the word of CrossFit to South Africa. Since opening the first affiliate in Africa, Danie has since competed in the Games and is working hard to make his way back this year.

Name: Danie du Preez
Height: 5’ 10”
Weight: 198lbs
Affiliate: CrossFit Rebel SA
2009 Regional Result: 1st place
Regional: Africa
Fran: 3:38
Cindy: 24 Rounds
Helen: 8:57
Clean & Jerk: 187lbs
Snatch: 132 lbs
Deadlift: 465lbs
Back Squat: 375lbs
Pull-ups: 44

What is your athletic background?
* Played sports at school, athletics, high jump, rugby
* Started freestyle fighting in 1990 and has a 3rd Dan Belt in Martial Arts
* 1996 Bodybuilding
* 2004 certified Tae-Bo instructor
* 2008 CrossFit

What is your history with CrossFit?
I was introduced to CrossFit in early 2008 by a friend that is a soldier.  After visiting the website I haven’t stopped.  I started training on my own according to HQ WOD’s and did my Level I in Sept 2008.

I became affiliated and opened the 1st CrossFit box in South Africa - CrossFit Rebel SA.  After winning at the 1st CrossFit Regional Qualifiers in May 2009 I got to compete at the Games in Aromas in July.  Out of 74 competitors I placed 49th.  We had our 1st Level I certification at our box in Feb 2010 and now have another 6 certified coaches.

This year we have a much stronger group competing at the Games and we will also be entering our first affiliate team at the qualifier.

What is unique and/or interesting about you as an individual or athlete?
Although I am not a youngster anymore, I feel that I still have what it takes to be a competitive athlete. I am strong minded and with any physical obstacle I will keep on fighting until I can do it. It is my passion to share CrossFit and help people grow within themselves and I rely on my faith to take me the distance.

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