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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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Stagedoor provides jolly music theatre
2013-03-16

 

The first-year groups of Veritas and Soetdoring were named best male and female residences for Stagedoor 2013.
Photo: Johan Roux
16 March 2013


The first-year groups of House Soetdoring and House Veritas were announced as this year’s Stagedoor winners. Soetdoring and Veritas beat seventeen other campus and city residences to be crowned as the best male and female residences in this music-theatre competition.

With residence honour at stake, nineteen residences started out in the competition, which is one of the highlights on the UFS’ art and culture calendar. Following rotations at the various residences, thirteen residences advanced to the final rounds.

In a crowded Kovsie Church, superheroes, domestic workers, nuns and traffic officers shared a stage in the finals to join in the theme ‘LIKE A BOSS.’ At the end there were only two winners: Soetdoring and Veritas.

House Marjolein was named runner-up in the female category, followed by House NJ van der Merwe. House Villa Bravado was the runner-up in the male category, followed by House JBM Hertzog.

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