Mona Pretorius is petite, blonde and 22. She’s also an Olympic weight-lifter and a woman of deceptive physical strength. This weekend she’s representing South Africa at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in California for the first time.
“In the beginning I got a lot of negative comments because of the stereotype people put on the sport without having any outside knowledge of it, but now perceptions are beginning to change. I’m getting a lot more positive feedback from everyone as they can see that even though you can do this ‘hard-core’ sport it’s still possible keep your femininity. I mean, I’ve been doing it for years, but yet I still like girly things like shopping and spending time with my friends,” she says.
The girl behind the weight-lifter