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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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Kovsies beat Maties
2011-02-01

Captain Willie Britz in action duringthe Shimlas’s battle against the Maties
- Photo: Van Zyl Naudè

The second game in the FNB Varsity Cup season ended on a high note for Kovsies’ Shimlas when the try of no. 14, Jamba Ulengo, brought the score against Maties to 21-15. With this game, expected to be the toughest in the season, Shimlas exceeded many expectations.

Dougie Heymans, Team manager for the Shimlas was very excited about the team’s achievements against the Maties. “Everybody knew the guys can play; last week they put unnecessary pressure on themselves.” The team’s excellent defence against the Maties – who is known for their great forward’s game – was the deciding factor in this second game of the season.

Jaco Colyn, who played flyhalf, was announced as man of the match.

Not only did the players play better than last Monday; more enthusiastic students and other supporters from the university community also came to support the Shimlas. With this Madelief was announced as the residence that revealed the best Kovsie spirit, winning themselves a flatscreen television set to the value of R5 000.

Next Monday Shimlas will play against the team of the University of Johannesburg at the UJ Stadium.
 

 

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