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Our Coaches

Our trainers are CrossFit Certified and have been in the industry for a long time. Our trainers endure a rigorous process that surpasses all other training methods.

CrossFit Richards Bay is owned and managed by CrossFit Level 2 coach, Paul Botha.



Paul Botha is the owner and head coach at CrossFit Richards Bay. Paul qualified as a CrossFit coach in 2014 and has been training CrossFit for 8 years. He has also completed his CrossFit Aerobic Capacity course and constantly attends seminars to improve his coaching abilities and skills.

He has a huge passion for the sport, the lifestyle and the community of CrossFit. Paul is not only a coach but also an athlete and has participated in numerous CrossFit competitions/events such as the Rxit, Reebok CrossFit Games OPEN, The Pretoria Throw Down, Fittest in Cape Town and The Battle.


Michelle Botha is the assistant coach at CrossFit Richards Bay. Michelle qualified as a CrossFit Level 1 coach in 2015. Her passion is working with ordinary people who are wanting to change themselves.

Michelle is also in charge of the flow of our admin and is always available to assist with any questions and queries.


Meet Petronel van Niekerk, a dedicated and compassionate nurse who seamlessly blends her passion for healthcare with her love for fitness as a CrossFit coach.

With a heart for helping others both in and out of hospital, Petronel brings a unique perspective to her coaching role, fostering not only physical well-being but also emphasizing the importance of holistic health.

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