It was a meeting of fate. I (Mona) moved to Austin, Texas from Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2016 to continue my work as a Weightlifting Coach and to continue to pursue my Olympic dream. In 2016, my now husband James moved to Austin, Texas for a new coaching job within the new professional rugby competition in USA. Late 2016, I was talking with the New Zealand weightlifting coach at a competition and she mentioned that one of her athlete’s is also moving to Austin so we should meet and train together. I didn’t take this very seriously as most of these never really come to fruition. While in Austin, I had my physio tell me about this person as she was working with the team James was coaching and said that she knew we would get along well and have a lot in common. Then finally, the coach of James’ team happened to be a South African and also mentioned we should meet. At first I did not know that all these people kept talking of the same person I should meet (My husband James).
James emailed me in February and we organised our first training session together at my gym funnily enough on Valentine’s Day. Our mutual love for the sport of Weightlifting is what brought us together to begin with. After our first training session together, we trained together again two days later. At the end of this session, James asked me out to go bowling on the weekend. Little did I know this was actually a date!
We continued dating and training together until we became officially boyfriend/girlfriend. In 2018, James got offered a new job in Romania and we made the bold move together at the end of 2018. In April 2019, we traveled together to Cairo, Egypt for my African Championships. This was one of my Olympic qualification events for Tokyo 2020 and James and my Father coached me together. After my last lift, James ran on stage in front of the crowd and on National Egyptian TV and proposed. I obviously said yes! This was extremely special for me as this was definitely not your typical proposal and he proposed to me while I was doing what I love and also again the sport that I love that brought us together. Video of the proposal here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6TIHNfgH_a/
Later in 2019, we traveled to South Africa to get married in Cape St Francis. This again was extremely special as James got to see my home country as well as bring his family over from New Zealand to share this special day with us.
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- Blomme: Cape St Francis Resort
- Dekor: Cape St Francis Resort
- Fotograaf: David Higgs
- Gaste Geskenke: Cape St Francis Resort
- Grimering: Marike Groot
- Hare: Marike Groot
- Huweliksbevestiger: David Higgs
- Trouring: Romanian Jewelers
- Troukoek: Lg Coetzee
- Koördineerder: Jean Cape St Francis Resort
- Musiek: DJ Dayne Lee
- Platejoggie: DJ Dayne Lee
- Skoene: Barefeet
- Trourok: Claudia Rawlings
- Venue: Cape St Francis Resort Beach
- Paartjie se verblyf: Cape St Francis Resort
- Videograaf: David Higgs
- Wittebrood plek: Doha, Qatar