Miss South Africa 2009, is having a ball of a time since her crowning in the penultimate year before South Africa’s most iconic sporting date in history. Photo: Peter Morey

Nicole Flint, winner of Miss South Africa 2009 is living life to the full. She has successfully turned her love for sport into a career, and she has also summited Kilimanjaro.

A sports-freak with a sporting lineage, Flint is making her name in sports media, as a presenter on Ballz Radio, and more recently, on SuperSport. Photo: SuppliedFlint can be heard on Ballz Radio (www.ballz.co.za), the brainchild of media personality Darren Scott. She has also just joined pay channel SuperSport as a presenter.

She told gsport: “For my sins I was born into a sporting family. My father is a fanatic. Having played cricket and soccer at club level, he is still an avid golfer.

“My elder brother played provincial baseball and many of our family friends all are involved in sport in some way or another. Most are first team couch critics in all sporting disciplines of course, so I had no option but to follow suit. At school, I played netball, hockey and took part in athletics.”

Flint, who gyms regularly and enjoys hiking and cycling, says summiting Africa’s highest peak will go down as the most challenging undertaking she has ever accomplished.

Miss South Africa 2009 is known to be quite sporty, and is grateful to have ticked off one of the most significant items on her personal bucket list, by being the first Miss SA to peak Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo: Peter Morey“Most of us have what I guess is commonly known as a ‘bucket list’. Featuring rather high on the list and also motivated by the fact that to the best of my knowledge, no former Miss SA has ever summited Mt Kilimanjaro, I sat down and planned to go as soon as I could fit the trip into my busy schedule. My main aim was to do it for a good cause!”

Flint says she is particularly inspired by South Africa’s disabled athletes, and their achievements. “Natalie du Toit is a fine example. She is special and I admire her for courage and will to succeed.”

So, what is her message to young women looking to make their dreams come true? “We have all been blessed with the option to choose in life.

“Follow your dreams at all costs, work hard in spite of the challenges, and make use of the informed people around you to offer specific advice when needed.”

Flint’s long term plans include continuing in radio and television, and perhaps pursuing her acting ambitions. She would also like to complete her Business Communication degree and eventually to make a significant difference in the South African arts industry.