WATCH: South Coast teen’s transformative fitness journey

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Mia van der Wal has undergone a complete transformation, both physically and mentally, since taking up crossfit 18 months ago

The South Coast teenager, who trains at CrossFit Wild Coast, has lost 25kg and is now comfortable in her own skin, freed from insecurity that had made her “very shy and super anti-social.”

Leanne Yannikakis, who’s a mentor to the younger girls at the box, praised Van der Wal in a social media post, saying, “Words cannot express how proud we all are of you at Crossfit Wild Coast!

“Over the past few months, we have all seen the gutsy and sheer determination you have shown in reaching your weight loss goals. Your hard work has paid off and we are so excited to see what the future holds for you.

“But, for me, I think the most amazing transformation has been your self-confidence. You have gone from being a girl who barely spoke, to being one of the loudest in the room (our coaches will definitely agree with me on this one).

“Over the past few months, it has become a highlight of my daily training to see and train with you each day (and all the other youngsters at our box – you all know who you are).

“Keep putting in the hard work and being an inspiration to so many others. I leave you with this simple quote, from probably one of the most courageous men our generation has ever known – ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’ – Nelson Mandela.”

Video by Nick Pinnoy

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