More About George du Rand
With South Africa’s re-introduction into international sport, the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games ignited a dream for a young boy to one day become an Olympian and to race against the best in the world.
Guided by his coach Simon Gray, himself a 1980 Olympian, George spent his childhood years forging his swimming talent in the pool. As a young athlete, he read the groundbreaking book “Optimum Sports Nutrition” by Dr. Michael Colgan, which spurred his passion for sports nutrition and performance. Being a high level athlete at the time, he started to look for the edge and was always seeking improvement.
Throughout his international career George had the privelage of interacting and being trained by some of the world’s leading coaches from America, Germany, Great Britain and South Africa.
George learned about technique, efficiency, and the keys to success. Applying those throughout the years, George developed into an Olympian, competing at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
In 2009, Swimming in Moscow at the FINA World Cup, George swam to a world record in the short course meters version of the 200 Backstroke with a time of 1:47:08.
George provides a unique perspective on human potential, health and performance.
As someone that “walks the talk”, George is a true Role model of intensity, discipline and dedication. He is incredibly motivated for the right reasons.
“Training to become an Olympian and world-record holder instilled a special kind of discipline in me. Swimming taught me about dedication and the value of persistence. Challenging yourself daily physically and mentally, but also learning valuable lessons about yourself and how you deal with adversity, success, interaction with peers and adults and how you impact those around you.”
George takes great pleasure in helping people of all ages and abilities to achieve more than they ever considered possible.
“My passion for health and fitness is second only to my passion for helping others improve their lives. This is an ideal opportunity for me to teach, motivate and inspire those looking to improve their health and performance.”
George specializes in high performance swimming, strength and conditioning, performance enhancement, sports nutrition and general fitness.
- World Record in 200m Backstroke (scm )
- Olympic Games semi-finalist – 2008
- Ranked 2nd in the world, 200m backstroke
- World Championships finalist - 2009
- Commonwealth Games Silver medallist – 2006
- World Cup gold medallist (x8) – 2005 - 2010
- World Championships (short course) finalist – 2006
- Multiple South African & African record-holder
- International Swimmer for 10 years
- South African champion (x11)
- B.A. Human Movement Science – University of the Free State, South Africa
- Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor – Corry Holly Institute
- Learn-to-swim instructor (SSA)