2007 April Woman: Thabiso Sikwane

by | Apr 1, 2007

It’s hard to figure out how Thabiso Sikwane gets everything done, and still manage to be a devoted wife and a loving mom.

Her latest challenge shows that this career woman is prepared to follow her dreams and at the same time, is hungry for adventure.

The host of SAfm’s Afternoon Talk is planning to run the Comrades, and has been in training for the last few months.

Her “partner in crime” as she calls her, is 5fm’s popular Koula. What makes their Comrades Challenge more special is that it’s in aid of charity.

Thabiso loves the outdoors, which is why the Comrades Marathon is so appealing to her. She also enjoys swimming and tennis, and recently boxing, not for the faint-hearted.

As if that’s not enough, she is also training to become a swimming instructor, and wants to open a swimming school.
Thabiso is fortunate to have a host of women who support her as she strives for her dreams.

Introducing gsport’s April Woman of the Month, SAfm’s Queen of Talk, Thabiso Sikwane!

What made you take up the challenge of running the Comrades Marathon?

I wanted to contribute to my community of Garankuwa ( in the North West Province) by building a library for the primary school that I attended there, but I didn’t simply want to go to companies and ask them for money.

I wanted to raise the money by giving of myself in a meaningful way. At the same tine I wanted to experience something that I could take to other women to say if I can do this, you can do it (or anything else that you challenge yourself to do in life).

I also want to encourage women to focus on themselves and their physical fitness and general wellbeing.

Who is supporting you in this initiative?

Reebok SA, and my employer SAFM so far.

Are you on a specific training program, if so how is it going?

Yes. Nick Bester has selflessly put together a program for myself and Koula of 5FM ( my partner in crime) and it’s working out perfectly so far.

It has made us into the long distance runners we never imagined we could be.

What advice do you have for women who plan to run their first Comrades Marathon this year?

Don’t get into it without being POSITIVE you want to do it.

It’s one of those things that you must decide on doing and do it until the race, and it’s important to get good training advice, and to start training on time.

You ran your first 21km race last month, what was that like?

It was amazing. I was shocked at how comfortable it was and how much I enjoyed it, because I’d been a nervous wreck the week before, and on the morning of the race.

Which other races do you plan to run before the Comrades itself?

I plan to run the Michelin Akasia 3 in 1, or the CGA Orange Farm 21, and some 30km races until I do my 42km qualifying race.

Has fitness always played a big role in your life?

Yes, more because I enjoy being physically active than because I want to stay fit.

That comes as the reward, so I have always either been going to gym, jogging, walking, playing tennis or swimming to keep physically active.

What is your favourite sport?

I enjoy anything that is outdoors. I love the freedom, space and fresh air (when I’m lucky).

That is why running the Comrades and was such a natural choice. I also love swimming and tennis, and play with the husband when we have time, and I have also recently started enjoying boxing.

Who is your favourite sports star?

Poppy Mlambo and the Williams sisters are in my number one spot right now.

What are your current career projects?

I am enrolled to train as a swimming instructor with Swimming SA so that I can open a swimming school for children and adults.

It makes me sad to hear of drownings at homes, beaches and other places, when its because people just did not know how to swim.

I have also attended events where there are water activities, and you have some black adults not being able to enjoy themselves with their white colleagues, simply because they can’t swim and are afraid of the water.

What advice do you have for women who would like to work in the media?

When you start off, hook up with a mentor and try to learn as much as possible from those that have been in the game.

Read up as much as possible on the latest developments in your area of interest ( ie music, talk, sports etc).
Once in the game, never sell yourself short when you know what you are worth.

Who are your role models?

They are too many because I have at least one in all the areas of my life, but the overall role model is my grandmother for her tenacity, chutzpah and never-ending love.

What’s the most amazing thing about being a woman?

Being able to give a lot of yourself selflessly.

How has motherhood changed you?

It has forced me to be more organized, to plan and to chill so that I can make the roses. I am enjoying the little, special things and moments in my life like never before.

gsport strives to celebrate FEMININITY. How would you define femininity?

I have never thought of that to give an intelligent enough answer but I think it’s about being the best in whatever roles YOU decide to play as a woman, and excelling so that you make while ENJOYING the journey.

What inspires you?

The fact that I have been blessed so much with opportunities that not everyone has had been given and can’t afford to waste them by not using them and sharing them.

My husband also inspires me with his passion and love for what he does.

How do you relax?

I play with my four year old son, swim and go to the theatre as often as I can.

Greatest ambition?

To leave a legacy somehow in the things I do.

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