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“She has taken the modelling world on by storm by hitting SAFW 4 times in a row and walking for 5 of SA’s top designers. She also won Miss Queen of Gauteng and was a Regional finalist for miss SA in 2016. She was also the host for the SABC sports awards for women last year and voted as an Icon to Women in Extreme Sports in SA.” athletes and upcoming stars how to build themselves up as a brand. Dayna is one of the most diverse woman with such an incredible story to tell. At the age of 16 she decided that she wanted to race despite all the odds being against her. With her dads help, she got a part time job after school hours and weekends as a mechanic to learn everything she could about dirtbikes… she knew if she was going to race, she couldn’t rely on everyone to do everything, especially if you stuck in a river bed alone. After teaching herself everything she could, she took her first steps into racing and in 2015 she had a great year. Not only was she winning the ladies class but in 2016, she raced against the boys and came 2nd in the OR2 pro-am class. She has taken the modelling world on by storm by hitting SAFW 4 times in a row and walking for 5 of SA’s top designers. She also won Miss Queen of Gauteng and was a Regional finalist for miss SA in 2016. She was also the host for the SABC sports awards for women last year and voted as an Icon to Women in Extreme Sports in SA. She has made a career out of travelling and teaching younger upcoming athletes how to build themselves up as a brand and conquer the journey they want to walk. Last year, after recovering from a very big accident and being in ICU for a week, she got up, trained hard and completed the Botswana 1000 Desert Race, winning her class. After her accident she explains, “everyone has always told me that racing comes with the risk of falling and every rider will have his big accident that will forever be a story to tell... this day is inevitable but the comeback and recovery is what will always determine the strength and passion of the rider” “I will admit it has taken a huge toll on my confidence and strength but in order to be back to the top step I knew I had to fight my worst enemy, my mind. I took the step to hit the gym and track non-stop for 8 months until the 1st of January 2018 and make the biggest comeback I could possibly make… not for anyone else but for me and my absolute love of the sport. With a following of 43.5 thousand people and appearances on many TV programs such as SABC SPORT, PASSELA, YO TV, RADIO 2000 ETC. and a huge fan base Dayna has become quite a personality in her own right. Great to have someone like this representing our sport. Quickfire Q&A Q: What bike do you ride? KTM 350 exc-f. Q: What is your favorite quote? Sweat during training so you won’t have to bleed in the battle. Q: What advice can you give other riders? NEVER give up… it sounds so cliché but I can promise you working as a mechanic for 2 years while my friends were partying wasn’t my ideal way of spending a Saturday .. but I knew what I wanted in the long run.. I DIDN’T GIVE UP! Q: What are the funniest Questions you have received? - Do you have a stunt double? - Riding bike is super easy, you just sit so why do you need to be fit? Q: Favourite race you have ever raced? Botswana 1000 Dayna has definitely shown some Moxy coming back to the Offroad Nationals and we are keen to see what this year holds for her, stay tuned and watch this space. INSTA dayna_nienaber_888 FB Dayna nienaber 888 74 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2018