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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.

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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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Pledge your commitment to equality and the eradication of racism
2015-04-12

 

Over the past two months, Kovsie students and staff have united against racism, and embraced equality in the No-to-Racism/Yes-to-Equality Campaign. This initiative was launched in celebration of Human Rights Month on all three UFS campuses by the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, together with the SRC.

To put this vision into action, the Kovsie community can now pledge their commitment to equality and the eradication of racism at the UFS. Visit the UFS facebook page, and pledge your support electronically by liking the pledge poster.

Each of the campuses will also have the opportunity to come together and pledge their support publically on the following days:

Bloemfontein Campus: Monday 13 April 2015; Red Square; 12:45
Qwaqwa Campus: Wednesday 15 April 2015
South Campus: Friday 17 April 2015

At the Bloemfontein Campus pledge, staff and students can place their thumbprint on a canvas to endorse the campaign physically. Some t-shirts and hotdogs will also be available at the event.

The No-to-Racism/Yes-to-Equality Campaign is aligned with the declaration made by the UFS Council in November 2014, in which it was stated that “the Council of the University of the Free State believes very strongly in the human dignity, equality, and freedom of all people. Accordingly, the Council reaffirms its abhorrence of acts of racism, sexism, and unfair discrimination of any kind or in any form”.

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