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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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Vocal student invited to Summer Academy in Austria
2011-08-25

 

Theresa de Wit

One of our students, Teresa de Wit, joined some of the world’s most gifted young singers at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg this week.

Teresa, a B. Mus. Honours student under the tutelage of Petrus van Heerden from the University of the Free State’s Odeion School of Music (OSM), has been selected to participate in master classes presented by applauded soprano Barbara Bonney.

The Mozarteum Music University hosts the International Summer Academy in Salzburg every year during July and August. It has become one of the world’s biggest and most renowned institutions of its kind, offering 60 master classes for between 800 and 1 000 participants. Founded in 1916 by Lilli Lehmann to teach voice, the programme was expanded over the years to include violin, piano, composition, and conducting and opera courses. It was named the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in 1947.

During the six-week summer academy, the crème de la crème of professional artists share their expertise during two weeks of intensive courses. Over the years the summer academy has also become the scouting ground for the foremost music agencies of Europe and the United States of America.

 

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