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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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Scholars discuss gender issues
2012-08-11

Attending the International Feminist Journal of Politics keynote lecture were, from the left: Prof. Cynthia Weber, University of Sussex; Prof. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University; Dr Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida and Prof. Heidi Hudson, University of the Free State.
Photo: Johan Roux
10 August 2012

Delegates from around the world attended the first annual International Feminist Journal of Politics conference that was held on the Bloemfontein Campus. The theme of the conference was “Leaving the Camp – Gender Analysis across Real and Perceived Divides”. Leading scholars, including Inderpal Grewal, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University in the United States who delivered the keynote address, delivered papers. Prof. Amanda Gouws, newly appointed Commissioner to the Commission for Gender Equality and Bernedette Muthien, activist, poet and director of Engender, also attended the conference.

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