In her black wetsuit top and ski-pants she looks as agile and happy as a seal in the water. Not even a recent setback in her long battle of the bulge can get Leanne du Preez (22) down – not now one of her dreams has come true.
“I have a job!” she says excitedly at the side of the swimming pool at an Uitenhage fitness centre. This is where, as part of her slimming programme, she first started doing water exercises. Now she’s been trained as an instructor and helps other overweight people lose weight by doing water aerobics.
“It’s wonderful that I’ve found such an active job,” Leanne says. “It’s going to help melt away those kilograms but now I can also see the change in the people I help to exercise correctly. It’s a great motivation. I have something to look forward to when I get up in the morning.”
Read more of Pieter van Zyl’s interview with Leanne and about how she’s overcome the setback in YOU 4 October 2012.