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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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UFS did well at the KKNK
2007-04-13

The Sanlam prizes for Afrikaans Theatre (SPAT) for new stage productions were recently awarded at the Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn. Lewensreg, a stage production of the University of the Free State (UFS), and one of the four finalists, received R100 000 for the best stage production for the second time since the inception of the KKNK. The UFS received this prize in 2005 as well. Mr Jan van Tonder, well-known novelist and writer of radio dramas, received the R20 000 award for best playwright and Prof. Nico Luwes, Departmental Chairperson of the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, was awarded the same amount as best director. The silver award in the best actor category, worth R10 000, went to Mr JP du Plessis, an Honors student in Drama at the UFS, for his role in Lewensreg. Ms Lancea Crafford, a student from the University of Stellenbosch (US), received the golden award for best actor for her role in the university’s production Die Maket.

During the award ceremony are, from the left: Ms Martie de Lange (Project Manager on behalf of Sanlam), Messrs Du Plessis, Rudie van Rensburg (Head: Sponsorships and Promotions at Sanlam) and Van Tonder; front: Ms Crafford and Prof. Luwes.

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