We are thrilled to have run our first, very successful competition on Commander HQ where the winner walked away with R 3 000 worth of sportsgear and a 3 month membership from Commander HQ!

Thanks to all our loyal fans for entering, but alas, there can only be one winner.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Wortmann who gets access to the top sports and fitness brands at low prices on

We caught up with Ashleigh in Cape Town to get the low-down on what she was planning on purchasing with her winnings and we bring you our interview right here:

CHQ: Ashleigh, congrats! Tell us a bit about yourself and why you are thrilled to have won the prize?

Ashleigh: Thanks! I never win anything so this is fantastic! I work in the finance industry and live in Rondebosch with my husband who runs his own business and our 3-year-old son. I used to be an active fencer and also enjoyed running but since working and having a kid I have not been able to do so. Winning has motivated me to get my butt into gear – no more excuses!

CHQ: What was your pick of Gear from Commander HQ to the value of R3000?

Ashleigh: Well, seeing as though I have a son and a husband I couldn’t just purchase goodies for myself! For my son I bought the Children's Speedo Roll Up Armbands and the Speedo Children's Sea Squad Kick Board. It has a cute character design and definitely offers value for money.

I know Commander HQ is about value and saving time but quite honestly all stores say this and how much value can I actually get? Well, walking in to a very well-known national kids store I saw the very same Sea Squad Kick Board (I triple checked!) selling at R499!! This is even more than the Commander HQ listed non-member price!

CHQ: That’s great to hear! And what did your lucky hubby get?

Ashleigh: My husband is a bit of a rugby nut so the Canterbury products suited him perfectly. I bought him the Canterbury Club Fleece Hoody, Canterbury Men's Tech Shorts and Canterbury CCC Side Cap. He is also getting back into a workout routine so the Sklz Trainer mat was definitely going into the cart.

CHQ: And most importantly, what did you get for yourself!? 

Ashleigh: Yes, this was certainly the most exciting part of the whole experience! For myself I chose the Columbia Women's Trail Shaker Hoodie, the Women's Skins A200 3/4 tights, the Sklz Trainer Ball and the Canterbury CCC Side Cap.

CHQ: What a great selection. Tell us why you chose these items?

Ashleigh: The products I bought were based around two important goals for my family this year. I want my son to be comfortable and safe in the pool – so I chose pool activity products for him.

I also want to take part in outdoor activities in my community and make use of local hiking and walking areas – so I chose comfortable walking/outdoor outfits for my husband and myself. 

I also chose the SKLZ items as they are such useful products! We do not belong to a gym and we don’t necessarily want to google what workout activities to do. The ball and matt have the workouts printed right there! What’s even better is that we can do this at home. I’m so excited about getting some form of workout in that can be done at home and doesn’t involve waking up at the crack of dawn.
I have also realised that having an active lifestyle does not mean I need to be a hectic gym bunny! Weekend walks, visiting local sites and attractions and doing small activities here and there is good enough – it is better than nothing at all! I also don’t need to be super dedicated to justify spending on good quality active wear. At least I know now that we are set with top brands and they can go through several washes and still look good.

CHQ: So now that you are stocked up with sports gear for a while, what will your next purchase from Commander HQ be?

Ashleigh: Mmm, I have my eye on those jackets from Columbia to get ready for Winter – especially for Cape town. For me the Columbia Women's Kaleidaslope II Jacket and for my husband I would love the Columbia Men's Bugaboo Interchange Jacket.

CHQ: Ashleigh, do you know what your shopping spree would have cost if you hadn’t shopped online at Commander HQ?

Ashleigh: Yikes, I don’t even want to know!
CHQ: Your purchases would have cost you R5760 in another store but with Commander HQ, you got all of those items for R 2987 ! For R99 per month, this is what your membership can save you!

Ashleigh: Oh my gosh, it’s a no brainer. So I got a saving of R2,147. If I had to minus the cost of R50 membership it’s still a saving of R2,097 (That’s almost a yearly membership for 4 years and everything I buy off the site is up to 50% off). Win every time.

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