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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.

Special bond with coach


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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UFS Academics talk law in Pietermaritzburg
2009-08-14

 
At the conference were, from the left: Prof. de Freitas, Prof. Johan Henning, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Ms Myburgh, Mr Britz and Dr Keevy (absent from photo).
Photo: Stephen Collett


Recently a group from the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS), presented papers at the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa Conference that was held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Themes presented included Furthering the Interplay between International Humanitarian Law and Customary International Law (by Prof. Shaun de Freitas, Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law); Feticide and the Born-alive Rule (by Ms Georgia Myburgh, Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law); Hidden Pitfalls of Social Networking Sites on the Internet (by Mr Pieter Britz, Department of Mercantile Law); and Comparing the South African Constitution and Customary Law with the African Women's Protocol (by Dr Ilze Keevy, Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law).

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