Q&A with…Sarah Ferguson

Country: South Africa

Profession: Physiotherapist in private practice in Durban. Head Physiotherapist at the 2019 All Africa Games and traveled with the Team South Africa to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

What has been a defining moment in your career?

As a physio, it was my first selection to the African Youth Games in 2014 which were hosted in Gaborone, because it has always been my dream to work with athletes and travel with the team. My goal has always been to go to the Olympics- if not as an athlete, then as a physio. So, this was a milestone in that process.

What was the first thought that went through your mind when you heard the Tokyo Olympics had been postponed?

I was initially very upset, but also relieved that it was not cancelled completely. The Olympics is a lifelong dream of mine and going to Tokyo has been on my bucket list for some time. As a conservationist and ambassador for cleaner oceans I was also really excited to see the ‘greener’ games Tokyo was promoting.

What is your greatest extravagance?  

Hmmm… I guess I spend most of my money on food and travel. But I try not lead an extravagant lifestyle as I am very aware of issues around conservation and the environmental impact we have on the earth.

Which superpower would you like to have?

Breathing underwater!

When under pressure, what do you say to yourself to help you get through it?  

Think of the end goal, this suffering is temporary compared to the big picture

What three things you would take with if you were to be stranded on a desert island for a year?

If I can’t pick 3 people then the things I would pick would be a utility knife, goggles, and something warm.

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