THE principal of local private school, Willow Academy, is truly leading by example as she gears up to compete in the Ironman African Championships on April 15. Charlene Rademeyer, who is part of the Race of Faith team, says she was inspired by her learners and decided to put her own advice into practice. “As a principal, you generally sit behind a desk, and you tell kids to be fit and manage their time with sports and academics. “After completing the 2017 Corporate Triathlon Challenge, I realised it is possible to complete the full triathlon. “I want to be an example to my learners of what you can achieve, no matter your current level of fitness.” The principal, who is also currently studying towards her Honours degree, will be racing in aid of the Smile Foundation and quoted a Bible scripture as part of her inspiration. “Believe it, and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Willow Academy, which will celebrate its 30th birthday this year, was recently delighted to see all of its 2017 matric students pass their IEB exams. 2018 will be another big year for the school, as five of its learners have also been selected to participate in the Dana soccer tournament in Denmark.