I am an experienced long and short distance road runner, avid trail explorer, provincial Olympic distance triathlete, provincial swimmer, bikini fitness bodybuilding participant, CrossFit competitor and obstacle course race enthusiast.
As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a series of abusive relationships and the death of my father as a teenager, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost 20 years. This resulted in a cycle of starving myself, abuse of laxatives, appetite suppressants, obsessive exercising and 48 hour binges as well as chronic bulimia. In 2016, I decided I was done sabotaging myself, my future and my body – I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself and spent 6 months in an intensive out-patient programme. It blew my world apart but at the same time, helped me rebuild a life I had only ever dreamed about. I decided to pursue my passion for running, fitness and nutrition coaching and furthered my education through NAASFP and the ISSA.
After completing a 3 year degree in marketing and other executive level leadership courses, I worked in tertiary education institutions as a Vice Principal, Programme Manager and Project Director. In 2016 I started Sole Buddies, and started coaching runners, cyclists, triathletes, CrossFitters, weight lifters, moms, busy professionals, teenagers, families and those committed to becoming healthier versions of themselves. I have not regretted my decision for 1 minute – finally I am doing what sets my soul on fire!
- I need to thank you for this amazing opportunity that you gave me. I would not have made it this far without your help and support. You are one of a kind. I wish there could be more people in this world like you. You help goals to be achieved and build strength in people that was not there. ”
• Annatjie •
Not only is Christine an inspiration, she is also knowledgeable and full of heart. A coach but also a friend with a human element which is non-judgemental and always supportive! Thank you for all the great advice and belief in what you do, we feel it all the way and that delivers results! ”
• Brigitte •
I reached out to Christine for a nutrition plan at the start of January. I was nervous and skeptical but I trusted her wholeheartedly. I have achieved amazing results already in just a short space of time and lost so many cm that I feel so great and comfortable in my own skin for the first time in months. For me what stands out is her weekly feedback on my choices and amazing advice which I take in each week and utilize, she does this in such a kind and loving manner and really knows how to connect with her clients. Next step is to get a running plan to go with my nutrition plan. ”
• Seleste •
Sole and SOUL... you get the whole package with Christine. Positive, supportive, encouraging; Christine has helped me shed 14 kgs and is building me back up to a 30 minute 5km! Love. Just Love. ”
• Penny •
business owner and mom
Fantastic one on one personalised experience to suit my goals. Christine is prompt on her responses and understands me as an individual. ”
• Carey-Lea •
competitive comrades athlete
The level of commitment is 100%. I was very impressed when Christine even told me what refreshments would be offered on the course at my upcoming marathon! This shows that someone takes time to research on what their clients are doing! I am miles away here in Zambia, but I feel like I communicate with someone here with me! ”
• Maya •
passionate new marathoner