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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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Student Representative Council announces 2012 Dux Students
2012-08-08

 Dux students. From the left are Tumelo Moreri, Inge Seale and Werner Pretorius.
Photo: Stephen Collet
8 August 2012

Inge Seale, a fifth-year medical student at our university, has been announced as the Student Representative Council of the Bloemfontein Campus’ Dux Student for 2012.

Inge, who excels in a number of fields, has achieved success in academic, leadership, arts and culture, sport and community activities at the university. This includes her role as international co-editor of Impulse, an international undergraduate journal for neurosciences.

Werner Pretorius, a final-year LL.B. student and SRC member: Treasurer was announced as the first runner-up. Tumelo Moreri, a final-year Actuarial Science student and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, was the second runner-up.

The Qwaqwa Campus will announce its Dux students later this year.

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