BODYTEC’s tiniest fan and biggest mascot.
The outdoors has always been a major aspect of Daisy’s life, with her having always been very playful, adventurous and explorative on the mountain slopes and forests. “Because I tend to be so full of energy, my “parents,” Laureen and Gerry decided to take me along for all kinds of runs and while I mostly travel in the backpack in the urban terrain and city streets, I definitely push the pace when running trails, averaging between 5 and 6 minutes per kilometre (depending on whether I discover interesting new smells or explore something off the trail).” Joining her parents on hikes in and around Table Mountain, Daisy runs ahead to explore the area and waits for them impatiently, “I could definitely be faster on my own if I didn’t have to wait for them,” she says with a laugh.
Daisy got involved with BODYTEC on a regular basis from around 2014. While initially spending most of her days at the University of the Western Cape studying psychology and development studies (accompanying her parents), Daisy started to join occasionally during working shifts as a trainer at BODYTEC City Bowl. When moving into the Head Office in 2015, Daisy began coming to work on a daily basis; mostly begging staff for food during lunch break and looking cute when greeting clients before their training session.
Daisy loves races and in most races, she’s the only dog participating. Although she’s fairly competitive, Daisy seems to be in need of motivation to beat her own time. “My current personal best for 10km is just under 50 minutes,” she explains proudly. Her biggest accomplishment in trail running is the completion of the 3 Peaks Challenge in November 2016. Daisy impressively managed to run the incline parts of Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head on her own, while travelling in the backpack on the urban terrain – proving that dynamite really does come in small packages.
Offering advice to others, “My life motto is to live for the moment, and don’t shy away from new adventures. That applies especially for trail running habits, as I’m always on the hunt for a new and more adventurous path.”