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MEET OUR FRIENDLY TEAM
Richard de Villiers
Founder and co-owner Richard de Villiers loves seeing the genuine joy that people get from achieving something they worked hard for. “I know how satisfying it was for me to get my first muscle up, and I love to see others experience the feeling of achievement,” he says.
Richard participated in several different sports growing up, including rugby, athletics, and swimming. After finishing school, he discovered CrossFit and knew he wanted to be a coach. “I was hooked from day one when people I’d just met, of all ages, met me with cheerful smiles and words of encouragement, asking me how I found the workout. The community took me in, and those workouts became the highlight of my day; not just for the actual training itself, but for the people beside me doing the workout. I knew then that I wanted to turn this from an hour of my day into my professional focus.”
In addition to CrossFit, Richard enjoys barefoot running and participating in obstacle races. If you see someone running barefoot around Somerset West, it’s probably Richard!
Founder and co-owner Ellie Hagopian has been CrossFitting for eight years and is passionate about doing great work no matter what she’s working on. She looks after the business, marketing, and finance aspects of My CrossFit. While she’s not a coach, she loves helping people learn new skills. “It’s such a reward to see a smile on someone’s face when you help them learn something new,” she says.
Ellie has an impressive resume of fitness competition including: Fittest in Cape Town 2011 (individual), Fittest in Cape Town 2012 (2nd, individual), United We Stand Games 2011 (1st, team), Regionals Africa 2011 (1st, team), Regionals Africa 2012 (2nd, team), and and Battle of the Jukskei 2015 (4th, team).
In addition to her position at My CrossFit, Ellie works in the telecommunications industry. She is a co-founder in a startup company and holds consulting roles for Liquid Telecom Group and the CSIR.
Cameron Dewar specialises in rowing and powerlifting, and he’s a fanatic about providing proactive, responsible, and consistent training for his members. “I was naturally drawn to CrossFit, as I found aesthetic training was putting on unnecessary and less functional muscle, which ultimately detracted from my ability to engage in a wide variety of other sports effectively,” he says.
Watching CrossFit transform people of all backgrounds made Cameron take the step from athlete to coach: “I felt like I’d be doing myself and others a bit of a disservice by keeping CrossFit to myself and not trying my best to help others improve in the very same progressive and incremental way CrossFit has helped me.”
Cameron achieved provincial colours in rowing before discovering CrossFit.