Knysna - A Q&A chat with former Big 5 Sport Challenge entrant - and finisher - Marilyn Fischer.
times have you done the BIG 5 so far, and how has your experience been each
Marilyn: I’ve done the BIG 5 once (2013) and I
absolutely loved it!! It was very well organised, you feel very special over
the 10 days of the festival, and you feel like a member of your very own athlete
and supporter ‘family’ for the festival.
What is it
about the BIG 5 and Knysna that keep you coming back?
Marilyn: The atmosphere within Knysna over the
festival, the beauty of the little town and the area, the friendly people –
locals and athletes and organisers and the events are all awesome and very well
can you give to people who are competing for the first time, and might not know
what to expect?
Marilyn: ENJOY the week and all the events. Don’t put
too much pressure on yourself for the events – it’s a long week so pace
yourself. Enjoy every day and eve – from a sport and a social perspective. Take time and make the effort to meet as
many people as you can – I met so many awesome, interesting, like minded people
last year and formed great friendships during last year’s event.
any BIG 5 participants that particularly inspire you - and why?
Marilyn: Carla van Huyssteen is a phenomenal athlete
who definitely inspires me in Multi sport. Stuart Marais is also an awesome
athlete to watch compete!
one thing that you are looking forward to this year at #KOF2014?
Marilyn: There are too many things to look forward
to, I can’t possibly only name just one. Catching up with friends over champagne, the
Knysna Wine Festival, the awesome view of the Knysna Quays from where I stay,
The Featherbed trail run, coffee and treats at Le Petit Pain. Pizza at Marios
at the Waterfront. Drinks at Mo’s. Oysters and Tapas bar, Dinner at Sirocco.
Hiking trails in Harkerville. The super cool vibe in the forest huddling around
fires drinking coffee, hot chocolate and rusks before the marathon. SO much to
look forward to!