This month we interview our very own June Smith (previously Corrie). She is an Ironman, and for her Ironman embodies inner strength, willpower, determination and an unwavering belief that anything is possible!

June is the Sports Ambassador for EPIC Foundation (www.epicfoundation.org.za) , triathlon and Ironman furthermore is where she pours her passion in, into being a lighthouse for those that are caught up in their own personal struggles so they too can continue to dream and believe and to not ever give up!  As a survivor of rape and abuse this is a cause and charity close to her heart. My full story can be read if you so wish on http://www.epicfoundation.org.za/web/survivors-03.asp

She has transformed her health and life, from being obese, breaking free from the shackles of the past as well as being an unemployed single mother in 2014, to obtaining multiple podium positions in triathlons of various distances to completing four full distance Ironman races, and placing 3rd overall in her age group at the 2018 Ironman Championships in PE. She is currently placed 1st in South Africa in her age group and has qualified for a Kona Slot as well as for the 70.3 World Championships which she will be competing in on 1 September 2018. JDES is honored to feature June as our EPIC person of the month and she definitely gets our stamp of approval.

Well done June, and good luck for 70.3 Worlds, we know you will rock!  #JDES #justdoepicshit #legend #nevergiveup #shebelievedshecouldsoshedid #anythingispossible  #ironmanchamp 


We asked June some fun and interesting questions, and here’s what she said:

JDES: Do you have a morning ritual? If you do, what is it?
June: Count my blessings, breath, plan the day in my head and kiss the love of my life good morning.
JDES: What is your favorite music?
June: Nothing specific…. Whatever the voices in my head want to sing.
JDES: If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
June: My bike, my running shoes, my tri-suite, my cycling shoes, my glasses.
JDES: WHY do you do what you do?
June: Triathlon and Ironman is in my blood, it is my passion. It is a reminder that no matter what or how you have been “programmed” that anything is possible. That no matter what, your dreams can become reality. That you are not your past and that you are capable of so much more than what you think. It is also my victory to all those that wanted to see me in the gutter throughout my life.
JDES: What age do you feel right now and why?
June: 27. By “norm” I think that is the age where you start to live life to the fullest…
JDES: What inspires you?
June: People that push beyond their limits. That have the courage to be different

JDES: Do you think aliens exist?
June: Yes… Have you been on our roads lately?

JDES: What was one of your most defining moments in your life?
June: Completing Ironman 2015… My first..

JDES: What is your favorite food?
June: Indian.

JDES: What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken?
June: Probably the rental car that was a write-off.

JDES: If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
June: My name changes 11 times a year so I am good 🙂

JDES: What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?
June: Elephant

JDES: What’s the most epic thing you’ve ever done?
June: Walking away from an abusive marriage

JDES: What do you want your tombstone to say?
June: I am not going to have a tombstone… Once my body is spent and scattered, my soul will venture on forever more…