Sunel Young

Born and raised in Bloemfontein, from a classical music family, I have always been rather interested in sport, the human body and mind.

At the age of 7, cross-country running became my first sport and sparked a lifelong interest and passion for physical fitness.

During my school years I also loved playing hockey, garden rugby, street cricket, and represented Free State in Cross-Country Running, Triathlon, Duathlon, and Women’s Cricket.

We moved to Cape Town when I was 17, and after school I went to study at the University of Stellenbosch. While at university, I continued playing hockey (for my residence, Sonop) and in 2003, I joined the first Maties women’s rugby team and represented the Western Province women’s team.

After that, I got back into Triathlon and Duathlon, taking part in various races in the Western Cape, as well as in the UK while living there for two years. Around 2010, as Trail Running became popular, I was swept away, as this presented the perfect opportunity to combine two of my greatest loves: running and the mountains.

In 2011, my wanderlust took me to Thailand, where I stayed for six years. Despite a lack of trail running events, I managed top 3 finishes in all races entered.  In late 2015, I briefly got into CrossFit and thoroughly enjoyed it.

From 2014 I unfortunately (unintentionally) started making some costly health mistakes, of which the consequences have sadly kept me out of competitive sports since late 2016.

Currently (2021) I feel ready to take on the world of fitness and sport again which is something I have dreamt of and longed for for almost five years.

Through my own health struggles, research and Dr. Stacy Sims’s course, I am doing things very differently this time round – mostly considering that I’m a woman, and my physiology differs vastly from that of a man’s.

And I don’t want to keep all this knowledge to myself! 

When not in the mountains or behind my laptop, I love having some good wine, food, company and music – if all together at once, so much better. 


– BA Sport Science – University of Stellenbosch
– BA Hons (Psychology) – University of Stellenbosch
– CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) – National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 
– Advanced Certificate in Nutritional Counselling – Health Academy Australia
– Certified LYNO® Practitioner – The LYNO® Academy
– Women Are Not Small Men Course – Dr. Stacy Sims