While striving for excellence and overcoming the many hurdles life has flung at her, South African athlete Nolene Conrad is way on her way to achieving her goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Born in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, Nolene was no stranger to poverty, drugs and violence. She was also diagnosed with chronic asthma at a young age. The decision to begin running was prompted by the words of caution she was told by the doctor who resuscitated her following a chronic attack of asthma that found her teenage self in an emergency room. She was told to change her lifestyle or else she would not live to 21, and so she chose to run and Nolene has not looked back since.
On 24 March 2018 Nolene achieved IAAF Gold Label Status, after finishing 25th in the world half marathon championships in a time of 1:11:44.
Her extraordinary performance so far has been earmarked by some as “a revival in women’s distance running in South Africa”.
Nolene has a Sports Management Degree (Cum laude) from University of the Western Cape. When she is not running Nolene works as an Athletes Manager and does Marketing on Social Media for Endurocad. Nolene also interns on the Cape Town Marathon event organising committee.
It is clear that nothing is going to stop Nolene and she is going places.