I grew up in South Africa at the southern tip of the African continent. Its dry, sunny weather lends itself to being outdoors most of the time. Being flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the East gives the country its spectacular range in biodiversity.
One of my earliest memories was watching my dad compete in the Comrades ultra-marathon, a grueling 56 mile run. Growing up with these athletes who embody camaraderie, selflessness, dedication and perseverance left an impression on me and set in motion my love for the art of preparation followed by performance.
I started playing tennis at an early age and attained a high national junior ranking. When my family moved to the United States I trained at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and then accepted an offer to play tennis for Indiana University. My coach, Lin Loring, taught me so much and I admired his dedication to his team.
Later I studied physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina, where I met my husband. God blessed us with four lively children. Being a parent carries great responsibility but it is the best job I can think of. While our children were young I enjoyed running and competing in local 5 k, 10 k and some half-marathons. Running is an incredible sport because it is so accessible. And for a busy mind, it offers time for meditation and prayer.
In the last three years I have started playing tennis competitively again. The Charleston tennis community is strong, supportive and competitive. In April of 2016, I won my first national title and in October of 2017, I won my second in Naples, FL.
I enjoy competing and try to set a good example for my children as they compete in their activities. Training followed by competition covers all of life’s lessons. What a safe and wonderful way to learn and prepare for life!
My love for the outdoors took root in beautiful South Africa and continues to blossom throughout my life. I have an immense appreciation for our earth and its beauty and it is where I feel closest to my Creator, whether I am surfing or hiking or just enjoying what lives in my backyard.
My hope is that all of my clients leave Lizl Kotz Performance Center inspired by the oak's resiliency and strength.