Monique Gladding

MONIQUE GLADDING, OLYMPIC ATHLETE

After a near fatal accident, which left her being dragged unconscious from the bottom of a diving pool in Russia, Monique Gladding went on to achieve her childhood dream of competing at the Olympics. A promising young gymnast, Monique represented South Africa at just 11 years old. Knee surgery in her mid-teens, put a stop to her gymnastic ambitions but not her thirst for elite sport. She adapted her talents to the sport of diving, reaching national and international podiums within a few years. In 2000, at 18 years old, Monique moved to London to pursue her Olympic dreams and, on 27 July 2012, she walked into the London Olympic stadium where 85,000 people screamed and cheered for Team GB. 

Monique Gladding

Post-London Olympics Monique was immediately admitted for a spinal fusion as a result of her accident in Russia. It was at that point that she realised that although she had reached her sporting dream it had left her broken physically, mentally and emotionally. This marked the beginning of her quest for optimal living through nutrition, balance, health and wellbeing. Monique became a certified Nutritional Health Coach and combined this with her athletic experience to help others achieve their own health and fitness goals.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2015, Monique’s health journey has continued to evolve with plant-based nutrition becoming increasingly important for her and her family. The significant health benefits her family has experienced, coupled with the sustainability and ethics of a plant-based lifestyle were key considerations when Monique came to creating a range of vegan body care products called @one