The Beauty of Jenna

2004-07-06 12:51
One, for example, gets to take out Jenna Worlock for dinner and a chat. Not only is she SA's top surf lifesaver and 'The World's Fittest Woman', but she's a complete and utter babe.

In between bits of some classy Italian cuisine, Jenna filled me in on what she's been up to in the last couple of years since she last appeared in our Beauty of Sport section (April 2002 - that's volume 52 if you care revisit your SASI collection).

She's been a busy lass - not the least of her achievements was winning the inaugural World's Fittest Woman TV show, and paddling from Cuba to the Florida... but I'm afraid you're going to have to buy the magazine to read about that.

Here instead is some exclusive SASI Online exerts that aren't in the magazine...

So... Jenna... let's start with the surf lifesaving stuff.

"Well there was the Ironlady series that was held around the country. We had a couple of races in Cape Town - at Clifton and Camps Bay - and then we also had some races in Margate and the Durban beachfront.

How did you do?

"I managed to win that."

Wow, congrats - then?

"I went to New Zealand for the 2003 surf lifesaving Tri-Nations. It was an amazing competition. The surf was 10 foot. Some of the girls got really trashed. It was the most frightening event I've done, but definitely the most rewarding in the long run because I've overcome my fears of big surf. It's made me really confident in competitions, which helps tremendously when you're racing.

"I won one of the ski races and I'm not really much of a ski paddler. I was behind a Cape Town girl and an Australian... they went for this wave... I dunno why they did... but anyway, they all lost their skis and I just paddled all the way along the back of the wave straight past them.

"Overall the SA team didn't do to well. We came third behind Australia and New Zealand ."

And you spent some time in the US in early 2003?

"Yes, I wanted to take a break from competing and go to the States to work for five or six months. The plan was to work on luxury yachts and earn some money... which I did, but only for two months. I hated it! They treated me like a real skivvy!

So you kicked some Yanky bootie...

"I started competing in the US Lifesaving Association series for Daytona Beach club. I entered the US Nationals and I won the 'Competitor of the Competition', the Ironady series, and the American Ironwoman race - basically all their top events. They weren't happy at all.

"In their America, their main priority is working and doing patrols on the beach... and then competition comes second. For us, Australia, and New Zealand, it's the complete opposite."

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