The finalists in this year's Schick Adventure Boot Camp are Capetonians Genevieve Brook, Candice La Noury and Tracy Visscher. They have been chosen from 276 entries from all walks of life and will now be subjected to the demanding aim of the competition, namely to commit themselves to a healthier lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
The overall winner – to be announced on 15 September – will be the one who shows the most significant physical, mental and psychological improvement during the course of three adventure boot camps they’ll be attending before that date.
All three became emotional eaters and will learn to regain bodily shape and an overall sense of balance with the help of a dietician, beauty consultant and lifestyle coach.
Last year's winner, Tanya Ellis from Durbanville, lost an incredible 5.3 percent body fat, a total of 70.5 cm and 12.3 kg during the Challenge and has even taken on a new career as personal trainer.
This year's finalists include Candice La Noury (25) who comes from Kenilworth. She works as a programme co-ordinator for an international volunteer and internship organisation, but is perhaps better known for her participation in MasterChef on TV. She would, however, like to get away from the kitchen as she feels she has been using food to get away from unhappiness. This has backfired and she hopes that her new journey will lead to a loss of 20 kgs, better health and new voomah.
Thirty-five-year old Tracy Visscher from Durbanville has three young children and works as a product developer for an online travel agency.
"As an emotional eater with an irregular lifestyle I don't always make the right choices," she admits. She allowed herself to become overweight and would like to return to a healthier lifestyle, not only to feel more comfortable in her own skin, but also to be able to set an example for her children – even to take part in next year's Two Oceans half marathon.
While Genevieve Brook (25) from Table View has survived drugs and a gang rape. She entered the competition for the sake of the daughter she treasures and to regain self-esteem by losing much of her current 115 kgs.
"I want to show the world my true potential, to shine for my daughter, and to show people that, no matter where you’ve come from or what you’ve been through, you can be a winner."