With a Spring in my step, I’d like to introduce you to Bernie Theron and Colin & Bianca Cooper. They’ll be speaking at FEAT Kids and FEAT on Thursday, 8 October 2015.
BERNIE THERON grew up in the flat terrain of Pretoria and over time discovered the idea of adventure through Drakensberg trips and weekends of climbing with family and friends.
“When I finished school I headed out in search for my own kind of adventures,” he says, “which led me to the Cape Fold Mountains, Iceland, the Alps and beyond.”
Bernie won Mountain Club’s Supertramp 2014 award and the Nightjar Adventurer of the Year Award 2014/2015. He received these awards for his solo, unsupported trek across Iceland in the winter of 2014. At the time Bernie was 19.
“My naivety took me through 27-solitary days of hiking and this trip tested my body, mind and skills to the utmost. It was an interesting journey with a lot of twist and turns, which made me fall even more in love with the idea of solo adventures. This leaves me with only two questions – what is next and when?”
Bernie will do a double FEATure speaking at FEAT Kids and FEAT.
Father-and-daughter pair COLIN & BIANCA COOPER regularly embark on local expeditions, riding their steel-frame, single-speed Qhubeka bikes.
For COLIN, work was a means to an end. After 30 years of hard work he retired at 50. “This has meant,” he says, “that since retirement day over 10 years ago, there has not been enough time in the day to do everything I want to do.”
After three decades of long-distance running, Colin’s bones were no longer up to it. He started cycling and for three years he has only been riding his Qhubeka bicycle on which he has logged 30,000 kilometres.
Forced by her parents to spend as much time on outdoor activities as possible, BIANCA has developed a strong ability to be able to look after herself in tough circumstances. She works extraordinary hours as an Emergency Unit Doctor and Regional Manager for ER Consulting.
Bianca only started cycling seriously about five years ago and when not riding her bike she can be found riding her horse, Franc. Like her dad, Bianca appreciates REAL beer, red wine, cheese, peanut butter and proper bread.