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03 May 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer
Lynique Beneke
Lynique Beneke, long jump athlete of the University of the Free State and the national women’s champion seven times in a row, hopes to qualify for the World Championships.

The long jumper, Lynique Beneke, dreams of going to another Olympic Games and jumping over seven metres before she retires.

In between, there is still a World Championship later in the year for which she is trying to qualify. The qualifying standard is 6,72 m, not far from the 6,64 m she achieved at the national athletics championships at the end of April, which earned her a seventh consecutive national crown. At the time, it was the seventh best globally. She will have to qualify in Europe, as the South African season is over.

“With my faith as my biggest support, my mom and I both dreamed about me jumping exactly the same distance of 7,03 m! That is my big goal. I know I can do that,” Beneke (28) said. Her personal best is 6,81 m.

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She is currently studying Education (BEd Senior and FET phase). “At this moment, I’m focusing on finishing my degree and enjoying my athletics. I want to give my athletics a fair chance, as I am only getting into prime shape now at this age. Once I’m done with athletics, I will focus on a career.”

According to Beneke, a 2016 Olympian and the Kovsie Senior Sportswoman of the Year for 2018, consistency is the name of her game. “I show up, even when I don’t feel like it. I push myself every day. I feel I have so much left in the tank, and that motivates me. All the glory to God.”

She is married to the hurdler, PC (also a Kovsie student). They moved from Gauteng to Bloemfontein at the end of 2017.

“My coach, Emmarie Fouché, was the big influence (coming here). I started working with her at the end of 2015. We work perfectly together; we are both women and have the same work ethic. She understands me. We are very close, and I think that is what makes the difference.”


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International expert in forensic psychology visits the UFS
2008-08-29

 

Prof. Raymond Bull, an internationally renowned expert in investigative forensic psychology, recently visited the Centre for Psychology and Law in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Bull is head of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) and is also involved in the training of senior investigators of serious crimes in the UK. The Department of Psychology at the UFS uses his books, theories and viewpoints to train students, especially when in comes to interviewing children and victims of sexual abuse. The Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS is exploring the possibility of establishing a more permanent cooperation agreement with Prof. Bull. He also attended the conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders in Cape Town before returning to the UK. Here are: Prof. Bull (left) and Prof. Dap Louw, Head of the Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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