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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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Qwaqwa Campus Got Talent show rocks
2014-08-07

The Happy Feet trio are from the left: Matshediso Senkhane, Andile Mbuli and Lebo Mokoena.

Our Qwaqwa Campus Health and Wellness Centre truly believes in the all-round wellbeing of all Kovsies – and that laughter is the best medicine.

This was evident when the centre hosted the first ever UFS Qwaqwa Campus Got Talent show. In the various elimination rounds, students and staff had to showcase their various talents.

Competing acts got the crowd jumping with a variety of singing and dancing acts, provided insight and wisdom through poetry and roaring laughter from the comedy.

A panel of judges selected the top 10 acts. These groups will compete for the ultimate crown later in September. One of the acts that had the crowd captivated was the modern dance trio called Happy Feet. This energetic student act amazed the audience with their superbly choreographed moves that left everyone shouting for more.

“The response of the crowd during the show and when the winners were announced proved just how much fun everybody had. We surely are talented on this campus,” said Industrial Psychology student Cebelihle Mtshali, who was one of the judges.

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