Having been crowned Miss South Africa last December, Melinda Bam is now halfway through a packed year of events, functions, launches, benefits and ceremonies, and all the duties that go with being an ambassador for your country.
While she says she is having a wonderful time, her duties and commitments have had a knock-on effect on her fitness training time. “I used to train twice a day, including running, but these days I can only fit in four sessions a week, and it’s all Pilates, Boot Camp and kick-boxing. I really want to get back into my running,” she says.
“I’ll be going to the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas in December, and I’d like to do a few races before then, because it will not only help keep me fit and toned for the pageant, but we will also be judged on our involvement in our community. I’ve run races before and have done 1:56 for a half marathon. I reckon I’m ready to take on a 10km right now, but need a bit more training before I run my next half marathon.”
Bam recently made national headlines after announcing her decision of not competing in the Miss World pageant in Ordos next August, citing “personal reasons”. Instead, South Africa will be represented by her 1st runner-up, Remona Moodley.
Bam posted via twitter that South Africa now has chances to “win the two titles” (Miss World and Miss Universe). Best of Luck! Modern Athlete