20 quickfire questions with ... Deshun Deysel


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Deshun Deysel (Jeffrey Abrahams)

TODAY: South African businesswoman and mountaineer and part of the first South African expedition to Mount Everest in 1996 and celebrating her 50th birthday today ... DESHUN DEYSEL

1. Nickname/s: Desh (Charlie calls me Sweetie Pum)

2. Greatest sporting moment that you can recall (in general): SA 1995 Rugby World Cup win! Also, when our new democratic flag flew on the top of Everest for the first time in 1996. Those were magical times!

3. Childhood sporting hero: Daley Thompson - it was more like a crush actually. Otherwise Nadia Comaneci (I did a whole project on her at school)

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: The SA flag on top of Everest in ’96 - I was so proud to be part of that team!

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: Any tennis final with Roger Federer or Serena Williams in it

6. Sea or river: Sea

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Both - can I have both?

8. Favourite holiday destination: Any climbing adventure

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Yuck!

10. What would your last meal be: My sister (Jessica Knight’s) chicken briyani

11. Favourite superhero and why: Mrs. Incredible (also known as Elastigirl) Mom-Wife-Superhero. Need I say more?

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: Thandi Newton, she’ll need to bulk up a bit though ??

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: 1. My Hubby for company, 2. A stack of great books, 3. SPF 50

14. Current series addiction: Dirty Money

15. Do you have a favourite joke: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7, 8, 9 - lame, I know ??

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: "You don’t have to keep climbing mountains in order to be relevant and make an impact” - Gill Marcus

17. Hobby: I’m a closet interior decorator

18. How does Sport for good relate to you: The Sport for Good Network helps me to make an impact in a way that I would never be able to on my own. I’m truly grateful to be part of such an amazing group of likeminded people

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: Fight with Insight uses combative sport (boxing) to teach discipline, self-defence, self-leadership and positive values to inner-city kids. They do amazing work in the rehabilitation of at-risk youth. I’m a huge fan!

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? We have a schedule of house chores, schoolwork, family games, exercise time and personal relaxing time. It’s not regimented, but we make time for each activity. Meal prep and clearing up afterwards has become a family activity too. I’m personally upgrading some of my digital presence for my coaching business and using some of the time learn new skills online. It feels like a full day, so there’s really no time to feel sorry for ourselves

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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