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05 June 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer
Louzanne Coetzee
Athlete Louzanne Coetzee with the trophy of the Free State Sports Association for the Physically Disabled as Sports Star of the Year.

Although challenging, very exciting and a new journey, says Louzanne Coetzee about the athletics year for which she has been recognised.

The 26-year-old, who is doing her master’s in Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Studies at the University of the Free State, won the Free State Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (FSSAPD) Sports Star of the Year award for a fourth consecutive time. This was for the period June 2018 to April 2019.

In that time, she set a world record, an Africa record, and ran two marathons in which she came amazingly close to a second world record.

Only in her second marathon at the Berlin Marathon in September, the Paralympian fell 26 seconds short of the T11 (totally blind) world record time. She met the qualifying time for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo during the London Marathon in April.

“Marathons are definitely challenging and a new field for me, but I would say it has been a good 12 months. My aim is now set on next year’s Paralympic Games, where I would like to compete in the marathon and the 1 500 m.”

“I hope to run a good time in the 1 500 m at the World Para Athletics Championships in November.”

At the SASAPD National Championships for physically disabled and visually impaired athletes in April 2019, Coetzee won three gold medals and set a record in the 1 500 m. 

Others from the UFS also honoured

Coetzee has received several awards in her career, but says it is always special to be rewarded by her own federation (FSSAPD). 

Danie Breitenbach (T11) was also honoured as the Senior Male Sports Star. He bagged two gold medals and one silver and set a SA record in both the 800 m and 1 500 m at the nationals. Another Kovsie, Dineo Mokhosoa (F36 – coordination impairments), received a merit award for her gold medal in shot-put and silver in the discus at the national champs.

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Shimlas win the USSA tournament for the second year in a row!
2008-07-21

The USSA tournament was hosted by the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal from 30 June to 4 July at the Howard College Campus fields in Durban.

Shimlas was victorious over the following teams:

Maties 25-22, Varsity College 23 – 16 and UJ 34 – 26

Waltie Vermeulen was selected as forward of the tournament.

Six Shimlas was selected for the SA Students team which will play Namibia in Windhoek. They are:

Waltie Vermeulen – lock
Wayne Stevens – center
Marlin Ruiters – scrumhalf
Cameron Jacobs – center/wing
 

Andre Tredoux - lock
Gert Erasmus - hooker
 

 Agter staande vlnr: Cameron Jacobs, Wouter Stieger, Wilken Heyns, Willie Britz, Louis van Rensburg, Kevin Stevens, Lyle Bastian, James Hellawell, Niell Jacobs, Jaco Swanepoel (afrigter), Waltie Vermeulen, Ruan Jacobs, Roche van der Westhuizen, Shaun Jankielsohn (fisio), Pieter Gouws, Roelof Steyn.

Agter sittende vlnr: Earl Snyman, Gert Erasmus, Marnus Briedenhann

2de ry sittende vlnr: Marlin Ruiters, Morne Burger, Jaco Colyn, Wayne Stevens, Lionel Cronje, Graeme Heyneke, Dougie Heymans (afrigter)

Voor vlnr: Arne Grobbelaar, Llewellyn Adonis
 

 Wayne Stevens, Shimla kaptein ontvang trofee vanaf Mervyn Green van SA Rugby

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