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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.

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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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Successful Physical Science Convention presented at Kovsies
2010-08-27

 
The recent Physical Science Convention was attended by 109 Free State learners. Here they participate in one of many Physics and Chemistry activities.
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The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) presented the Physical Sciences Convention. This convention, which is presented by another university every year, was attended by 109 Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners and 29 teachers from across the Free State.

Learners were invited to attend the convention on the grounds of their achievements in the annual Science Olympiad or projects entered by them.

Amongst others, the learners were treated to a Chemagic show. They also participated in Physics and Chemistry activities.

A dinner was held during which the prizes for the best project proposals and the best achievements in the Science Olympiad were handed over. Two Deans’ bursaries were awarded to the top learners in Grade 11 and Grade 12 respectively.

The recent Physical Science Convention was attended by 109 Free State learners. Here they participate in one of many Physics and Chemistry activities.

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