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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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Interest in Latin gradually grows
2009-03-13

 
The Faculty of the Humanities has recorded the highest number of second-year and third-year students who study Latin compared to the last two years. According to the newly appointed Head of the Department of Classical Languages, Prof Christoff Zietsman, interest in Latin from students is spread across a wide spectrum but primarily Law and Theology. “About ten years ago there was a process of change at all universities because of the economic situation then and, as a result, many departments amalgamated,” he said. “What happened at the University of the Free State (UFS) was that the Latin Department was incorporated into the English Department but from this year (2009) it is again an autonomous department now called the Department of Classical Languages. This is also a sign of the growth in popularity of Latin.” Prof Zietsman taught the Classics and Latin at the University of Stellenbosch for 31 years before he joined the UFS at the beginning of this year. Pictured are first-year Latin students with their lecturer, Dr Dirk Coetzee (back row, third from left).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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