Athlete Biography

  After finishing in the top ten at four different World Junior Championships (02, 03, 04, and 05), Mari joined the elite ranks by competing in her first World Cup in 2005,the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. In 2008 she also finished 3rd in the U23 World Championships becoming the first and only African to medal at a ITU Triathlon Elite World Championship. Mari won the very prestigious academic scholarship, a Rhodes Scholarship in 2010 to study at Oxford University. She completed her MSc in Applied Statistics in 2011 and MBA in 2013. Joined Darren Smith’s squad in December 2015 & works part-time as an Executive Assistant at South African investment giant, Remgro Limited.

Athlete Sponsors: Southern View Finance, Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, Hazz Coffee

Athlete Language: Afrikaans,English

Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2002

Athlete Other Sports: Rowing, Mountain biking, Sailing

Athlete Education: MBA (Oxford), MSc Applied Statistics, (Oxford), BComm Actuarial Science, (Stellenbosch)

Athlete Hobbies: Reading

Athlete Sports Hero: Rodger Bannister

Athlete Proudest Moment: Podium in 2008 U23 Worlds & winning South African Rhodes Scholarship in 2009.

Athlete Injuries: Stress fractures: Sept 2007, April 2008, April 2009,May 2010. Achilles September 2010, May-Dec 2011

Athlete Coach: Darren Smith

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