‘Fat boys & Slim’ gear up for Ironman

Chanice Koopman

WITH no experience in endurance sports, four chubby yuppies have teamed up with TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen to tackle this year’s Ironman challenge.

The four had initially planned to do just the half Ironman, but then decided to tackle the full 3.8km swim, 180.2km cycle and 42.2km run, according to deVere Group area manager and first-time competitor Mike “Fat Boy” Fannin.

“Why do half when you could do it all?” he said.

“We need help from everybody out there to really make the difference and are prepared to sweat, cry and bleed for that support.”

Fannin’s colleague at Cape Town-based deVere Group, Brett Taylor, said they were ordinary people who believed success came from doing remarkable things.

“This may not be extraordinary to some but it’s a huge challenge for us office- bound, normal blokes. We want to prove that real people can make a difference by putting ourselves out there, making a commitment and believing in something bigger than ourselves,” he said.

Another member of the deVere team, financial officer Bryan Austen, said they were participating to raise awareness about the Signature of Hope Trust, an organisation that helped individuals and companies uplift African countries.

“We aim to raise significant funds that will make an impact on many around the country and ultimately change lives,” he said.

The three will be joined by Van der Westhuizen and triathlete, gastric bypass surgery patient and “shape shifter” David Taitz, who weighed 215kg at his heaviest before ailing health forced some major lifestyle changes.

The Ironman will take place in Port Elizabeth on April 6.

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