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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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Cattle auction a first for UFS experimental farm
2005-02-02

The first cattle auction in the history of the experimental farm of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) will be held on Friday 25 February 2005 at 11:00 . Cattle of small and upcoming farmers in the area will be auctioned.

The auction is part of a tri-partite collaboration agreement between the UFS, the National African Farmers Union (NAFU) and the Mangaung Local Municipality that was signed at the end of 2004.

The agreement entails the provision of training and mentorship to small-scale and emerging farmers, including those recently settled under the on-going land redistribution programme. It also forms part of the Faculty’s strategic plan to support the on-going reform process in the country, of which Black Economic Empowerment in Agriculture (Agri-BEE) is an important part. The Free State Provincial Department of Agriculture is also actively supporting this initiative.

Die auction will be handled by Lengau Auctioneers, a company comprising of NAFU, the Mangaung Local Municipality, the UFS and Vleissentraal Bloemfontein (Hentiq 2004 (Pty) Ltd).

The experimental farm is situated about 12 kilometer outside Bloemfontein on the Reddersburg road.

For enquiries about the auction, Dr Léan van der Westhuizen can be contacted at 083 453 9364.

Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative Tel: (051) 401-2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za
16 February 2005

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