- First Name: Justine
- Surname: Webber
- Age: 19
- Hometown: Johannesburg
- Occupation: BSc student
Tell us more about yourself:
What are your fitness goals?
To build on this journey that I’ve fallen in love with. I want to continue to reach new training limits … and push through them. I am working towards a toned body, without losing my femininity. In the process, I hope to continue building my own confidence, and – as I’m often asked for advice while training – make time to inspire and work with others.
What are your hobbies?
Gym time is therapy time! I love the competitive environment and the fact that I’m in a space with other people, all striving towards their own goals. Obviously, the social side of exercise is a drawcard too! Besides this, family and close friends mean the world to me, and I do my best to make time for those I love. My partner is a professional sportsman, and supporting him at his passion has become a favourite hobby. His work ethic has inspired me to work harder towards my goals too. I also love reading and enjoy a good movie. When time allows, I find a short run therapeutic.
Do you have any sporting/fitness achievements you would like to share?
My early high school years included representing Western Gauteng on the indoor netball courts. More recently, I played a fairly decent game of netball at school level, and spent a less successful couple years trying to master the art of water polo.
Why did you enter the USN Face of Fitness 2017?
I’m doing this for me. I believe that I have a story to tell … one that many can relate to … and in doing this, I hope to inspire others. Over the years, I allowed stress to play a big role in my eating habits, and the results weren’t good! I went through phases: I’ve been vegetarian, I’ve been vegan. I’ve tried low-carb diets, and I’ve tried high-fat options. I gained weight. I lost weight. And during all that time, I never felt good about myself. I got to the point where I decided that I was missing out on so much living, by being so focused on food. I have finally realised that ‘everything in moderation is what works best. This, combined with my regular training programme, has been exactly what my body needed. I’m feeling better than I have about myself in many years, I’ve avoided the ‘University 1st Year Spread’ syndrome that I firmly believe is every girl’s biggest fear when starting off at university, and I’m loving my new outlook on life in general. Achieving my fitness goals is a celebration of my healthy body. Entering this competition is a major step for me, and is a reward to myself for the progress I’ve made, and my inspiration to continue to work harder.