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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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Changchun University in China wants to collaborate with UFS
2007-02-26

Prof. Francois du Toit from the Changchun Medical College, Changchun University in the Jilin Province from the Peoples Republic of China visited the School of Nursing at the University of the Free State (UFS) to establish collaboration between the institution and the UFS. The intent is to exchange lecturers and students, and also academical and practical knowledge between the two universities. The college offers programmes in medical sciences, nursing, and traditional Chinese health. Collaboration will be developed within the fields of nursing and health sciences, especially on postgraduate level.

A certificate which confirms the intent of the two institutions to collaborate in the future was signed by, from the left: Prof. Letticia Moja (Dean: Faculty of Health), Prof. Francois du Toit (professor in Sociology at the Changchun University) and Prof. Teuns Verschoor (Vice-Rector: Academic Operations).  Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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