Andrew Stoltzy LE ROUX

Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Club Med Tomamu, Hokkaido, Japan

Andrew - Born and raised in South Africa is a ski and snowboard instructor at Club Med Tomamu. He has worked two winter seasons in Tomamu. With a post-grad degree in sustainable and international business management, Andy also is a Yacht Master and worked as a captain/skipper on sailing yachts. Andy’s prior ski experience came from working as a ski & snowboard instructor as well as worked in other departments for ski resorts in the USA and Lesotho. He also has snowboarded in South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland and New Zealand. With Andy having experience in ski, water sports, regular sports and gymnastics; Now that the winter is over, he found himself happy to be in Club Med where he can carry on developing his acrobatic skills as a circus trainee.

When I think of Club Med, I think of….

the fun activities they have to offer and the amazing diverse people you meet.

I get my inspiration from…

professional athletes and great minds like Jordy smith and Elon musk.

In the past week, what was the most memorable thing that someone said to you?

“I’ve never had someone fly without lines on their second day” – James, my circus chief said that to me.

What brings the best out of you / When are you your best self?

A personal achievement. When I accomplish something challenging, I feel on top of the world.

What do you love most about your job / Club Med?

I really appreciate getting to do something you can be passionate about and do things you’ll hardly get to do anywhere else — and at Club Med you get to do exactly that.

What have you learnt about yourself amidst the COVID-19 pandemic?

When you have nothing to do, it can be hard to find ways to be productive, so I improved my self-discipline and found ways to use that free time to be creative and learn new things.

What is one thing you’ve learnt to appreciate during the pandemic?

A job.

How have your passion points changed in the past year?

I have learned to be more flexible and pivot my goals when the situation changes.

After what has happened over the past year, has your dream destination changed and why?

I don’t quite have a dream destination, however I’m very happy here in Japan.

What is it about the destination you’re in or what can you do in the coming week to help the people around you to get back to their best selves?

Just be supportive and been helping those interested in learning circus by making time to train with them.

2021 is the year to get Back to Happiness. I am going to…

just go with the flow, be kind, observe and learn from others.