TIM NOAKES is the Discovery Health professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as co-founder and director of the Medical Research Council/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. In 2002 he received a doctor of science degree from UCT for seminal research findings in the exercise sciences. Noakes is one of the 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Science Academy and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. A veteran of over 70 marathons and ultramarathons, Noakes is the author of the award-winning Lore of Running.
MICHAEL VLISMAS is an independent sports journalist and broadcaster who works in both the South African and the international arena. Having begun his career as a general sports reporter at the Pretoria News, he now owns his own sports media agency that covers a variety of sports but specializes in golf. The golf correspondent for the Sunday Times and City Press in South Africa, he writes a weekly golf column for the Pretoria News and is the Africa golf correspondent for the American publication Global Golf Post. He is also editor of the South African golf publication Tee to Green. He is co-author of Don’t Choke: A Champion’s Guide to Winning Under Pressure, which he wrote with Gary Player.