Jessie van der Riet

Vital Stats:

  • First Name: Jessie
  • Surname: van der Riet
  • Age: 23
  • Hometown: Port Elizabeth
  • Occupation: Psychology honours graduate gaining career-related experience

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Tell us more about yourself:

What are your fitness goals?

My fitness goals are always changing. I’m forever tweaking something here, something there. I believe that’s important for growth. My main focus at the moment is to raise my bar, mentally. I’ve always been athletic and sporty, but it’s time for me to wade through new waters! I’ve decided to put my head down and finally start prepping for a novice show.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy trail running. Not that I’m super competitive, I do it because it brings me pure joy. I’ve always been a hockey player throughout my schooling and varsity career. I’ve played for many provincial teams and even toured the world twice. I’ve done a few short triathlons, my favorite being the Xterra, which is an off-road race. I’m currently a HIIT freak, this is my daily me-time. When I’m in need of some fresh air I enjoy hopping on my mountain bike, stand up paddling board, or just enjoy a good old hike.


Do you have any sporting/fitness achievements you would like to share?

I was selected to represent Gauteng in the National swimming galas. I was also selected for multiple South Gauteng hockey teams.


Why did you enter the USN Face of Fitness 2017?

I entered this competition to push myself. One motto I hold close is that people don’t grow in their comfort zones. In the past year, I have struggled with my self-confidence. I didn’t feel like myself. I got so over being unhappy with myself I decided to do something about it. Then I started listening to motivational talk after motivational talk, the repetition finally started to sink in. I started realising that the only person who was going to pull me out of it was myself. I started working out harder, longer and more often. I wrote goals for myself that I read every morning and night and still do. I did this until I believed in myself again. I built myself up, into a stronger, even more, confident me. I give myself compliments now because these are the ones that truly matter. As women, we tend to rely on outside praise. I entered this competition to help uplift and inspire women to realise that we light our own fires. I would love to get a  head start in the fitness industry because I’m so passionate about being healthy and happy.