Meet the Team
Debbie Stopforth - Founder
I am a person who is simply passionate about health. I am also hugely interested in helping others achieve their health goals and know through my studies, current profession as well as my personal experience, that simple and achievable goals are the answer.
I majored in Sports Science at Wits University. I worked as Product Manager for a pharmaceutical company who focused on diabetics . I then studied nutrition so that i could help the diabetic patients with their eating programs. I ran my own business as an exercise consultant and nutritionist seeing private clients at first. I then moved into Call Centres, starting with Discovery Health, assisting these Call Centre agents with their movement and nutrition plans whilst they were at work each day.
I am a qualified swimming coach and an aerobics instructor and moved to cycling in my early thirties. I love cycling and balance my own private sporting week with a balance of cycling, gym, palates and yoga. I am also a Bike Fitter and follow the Body Geometry method of fitment (BG FIT).
In a nutshell, I love motivating people around the benefits of health and wellness. It is such an important part of ones life and if done correctly, can be sustainable and hugely beneficial. Dynamic Life Challenge is all of the above in one App. On working with Gina to design the DLC App, my life ambition to positively influence people in the right approach to holistic health has finally become a reality.
Gina Malherbe Stewart – Founder
For the past 20 years I have been in the corporate world of property development, focusing on developing small industrial factories on what were the outskirts of Cape Town. During this time, I realised that I was becoming increasingly more and more stressed trying juggling life.
10 years ago I decided to empower myself to learn the skills I needed to help myself through this busy time, this is where my wellness journey began. I embarked on a course in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), (NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) which provides ways to understand how people do what they do, and how to upgrade what you do, when you’d like to do better). I then went on to complete courses in Hypnotherapy, which then led me further to qualify as a wellness coach. Wellness coaching promotes mindfulness, self-awareness, personal growth and professional development.
I am an adventure endurance athlete; I love to push myself harder and further with each goal I set for myself. To embark on such adventures, I have learnt to have resilience, consistency, be organised and brutal with myself and most importantly I need to be present. I relate to these qualities not only in my sport but my everyday life. I use my NLP, mindset and mindfulness techniques to understand the importance of mental and physical preparation as well as the need to develop positive beliefs in order to successfully achieve each goal..
My vision with Debbie and DLC is to make us, as individuals accountable for our health and wellbeing, embrace the difficulties/stresses we face daily, and learn the simple skills to reset our lifestyle habits. When we are well in our bodies, mind and spirit we function optimally and can achieve our full potential.