20 quickfire questions with ... Cameron van der Burgh


Sport24 and Laureus Sport for Good South Africa have teamed up during the lockdown and asked their ambassadors to answer 20 quickfire questions.

Look out for a new profile each day!

Laureus Ambassador Cameron van der Burgh (Jan Krug

Up first: Multiple South African Olympic medal winner CAMERON VAN DER BURGH

1. Nickname/s: Killa Cam

2. Greatest sporting moment for that you can recall (in general): Men's 4x100m freestyle relay in Athens 2004

3. Childhood sporting hero: Penny Heyns

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: Olympic Gold in 2012

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: Men's 4x100m freestyle relay in 2008

6. Sea or river: Sea

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate

8. Favourite holiday destination: Greece

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Pineapple

10. What would your last meal be: Pizza

11. Favourite super hero and why: Iron man, He is mortal like us but through ingenuity became a super hero… something we can all achieve in our own lives.

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: Hopefully someone that can swim decently on camera

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: Books, weights to work out and a telescope

14. Current series addiction: Tiger king (cringe but a hit!)

15. Do you have a favourite joke: Let's just say I am no Trevor Noah

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: Be as interesting as you are interested

17. Hobby: My passion for investing that was my hobby has become my job and sport that was my job has become my hobby

18. How does Sport for Good relate to you: Connecting people and bringing them together across the world in a disconnected digital world

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: Fight for Peace. A community project in East London that gives young adults a purpose and sense of accountability away from life on the streets and behind bars.

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? We are allowed to take 30 minute exercise in London so we take a walk on the Thames and strictly are not allowed to speak about anything related to the virus or work.

Who is Laureus?

Laureus is a global movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good.  The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela.  At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, President Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.  It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”

This has become the philosophy of Laureus, the driving belief behind all they do.

Laureus combines Laureus Sport for Good, the Laureus World Sports Academy and Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards to form a unique organisation that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.

Laureus Sport for Good South Africa

The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Trust South Africa is a local chapter of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. Launched in 2002, SA was the first regional office to be established by Laureus International.

What is the Laureus Sport For Good vision?  “Using the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Proving that sport can change the world”. 

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa supports over 30 projects nationwide.

Every programme supported addresses at least one of the following six social issues, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 

• Health: Enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behaviour change 

• Education: Increased access to and completion of education 

• Women and Girls: Promoting equality, empowerment and safety 

• Employability: Developing skills and creating pathways to employment 

• Inclusive Society: Creating communities which embrace ethnic, cultural and physical differences 

• Peaceful Society: Resolving conflict, promoting community peace-building and creating safe spaces

For more information: https://www.laureus.co.za/

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