FORMER Nico Milan High School pupil Chene Coetzee received the best female junior athlete award at the University of Pretoria on Tuesday night.
Coetzee, 19, of Humansdorp, is a first- year human movement science student at the university and she is a member of the Tuks (University of Pretoria) Athletic Club.
Coetzee’s outstanding achievements in hammer throwing have also earned her a Springbok blazer.
She said she was delighted with the honour and the institution’s award.
“I was really surprised because I wasn’t expecting such recognition at all. I’m very grateful for what I’ve achieved right now and I would like to thank my parents for supporting me every step of the way.”
Coetzee said her dream was to take part in the next Olympic games and she was working very hard to achieve this.
Coetzee’s achievements started in 2010 when she represented the Eastern Cape team at the SA Schools Championships in Sasolburg. She came in eighth after only a month of training. She won a silver medal in 2011 and came fifth last year.
Coetzee also won a gold medal at this year’s SA Youth Junior Championships and received a silver medal at the 11th African Junior Championships held recently in Mauritius.
She said she hoped to be at next year’s African championships in Morocco.
Her mother Christa described her daughter as a humble, dedicated and committed athlete.
“I’m very proud of her because she’s been doing hammer throwing for the past two-and-a-half years. She’s always on the field training and always trying to get a better distance.”