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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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‘Core of the earth visited’
2012-03-20

 

Faculty takes part in Scifest Africa in Grahamstown. Aaron Adriaan with Marguerite Westcott of Plant Sciences.
20 March 2012

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is currently taking part in the annual Scifest Africa in Grahamstown. The theme of the Scifest is "Science Rocks!" and the theme for the faculty’s stand is "Journey to the centre of the earth".

School groups learn more about the earth’s crust, the mantle and the core of the earth. Botany, geology and chemistry are used to teach the children more about plants, the origin of different types of rocks, and chemical processes.

Ms. Elfrieda Lötter, the faculty’s Marketing Manager, says 12-year-old Aaron Adriaan of the Grahamstown College visits the UFS’s stand every year. “He is probably the brightest 12-year-old that I have met in my life. He is brilliant.”

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