Ryk Neethling’s busy world

By admin
02 December 2011

These days he swims only to stay fit – the Olympian is now serious about his new job (and, girls, he’s seriously eligible too!)

With his nearly two-metre frame sprawled across a white leather sofa he still exudes the sex appeal that made him SA’s top sporting pin-up and the object of desire for thousands of women.

Yet these days you won’t find Ryk Neethling in a Speedo unless you catch him during an early morning keep-fit swim – it’s all smart shirts and designer jeans for him in his new role as marketing director for Val de Vie, a luxury polo, housing and wine estate in Paarl in the Western Cape.

So is it a case of Ryk the businessman now?

“Yes,” says the 34-year-old Olympic gold medallist as we chat in the plush three-bedroom French-style villa he recently took co-ownership of on the estate.

“I’ve grown up; swimming got me to a certain point but there’s much more to me. I’ve worked hard to make this transition.”

Read more in Nici de Wet’s article in YOU 8 December 2011.

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