We’re really proud to announce that the awesome Stuart Marais is now part of Team RSAWEB!
Stuart has been an dual / triathlete since the tender age of 8 years old – and since then has carved a highly successful career in the Sport. Stuart came second in the Total Sports Trialthlon, and ranked in the top in 20 in The ABSA Cape Epic. Stuart is now one of South Africa’s best and most highly respected Multi Sport Athletes with a very bright future ahead of him. In this interview, we catch up with him and chat to him about his past in the sport – and his BIG year ahead.
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How did you start your career in this Sport?
SM: I have always been involved in multi sport – for the last few years I focused on mountain biking (Marais – burst onto the mountain biking scene with a top 20 placing in the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic) In January I decided to give the Multi Sport Challenge a try. (Stuart came 2nd overall – an amazing win for a first attempt!) For more about Stuart – check out his website.
RSAWEB: Do you come from a really active / sporty family
SM: Yes, my whole family are involved in sports – running and biking – I grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape– and was always very sporty from a young age – from running with my dogs to climbing mountains.
RSAWEB: What do you do when you’re not competing? What is your ‘day job’
SM: I am now doing full time Xterra training and preparation – when I am not doing that I enjoy relaxing with my beautiful wife.
RSAWEB What do you think gives you your competitive edge?
SM: I’d say I’m just really very competitive by nature – others probably have more talent than me, but I really have a will to win and succeed.
RSAWEB: What do you think about joining team RSAWEB?
SM: Very excited about RSAWEB – I really believe in surrounding yourself with people who are passionate about sport – and to surround yourself with brands that represent you best. I think it’s great to be involved with such passionate people and sponsors.
RSAWEB: What big races do you have coming up?
SM: I have a busy few months ahead – this weekend I am off for the Total Sports Xterra Knysna then after that I am in full time preparation for Europe – Xterra Czechoslovakia, Xterra Germany and then back to SA for the Otter Trail Run later this year. It’s a busy time!
RSAWEB: What athletes in the same field as you do you respect most?
SM: I really have a lot of respect for Dan Hugo and Conrad Stoltz in terms of PR and interest they generate for the sport and for their competitive nature.
Thanks to Stuart for the interview, and all the best for Knysna this weekend!