Blind Paralympic athlete Louzanne Coetzee, pictured here with her guide, will visit the Vhembe District in May and, among others, offer training tips at Laerskool Louis Trichardt. Photo: Andries Kruger.
Date: 12 May 2022 By: Andries van Zyl
The Vhembe District will host Louzanne Coetzee, one of the country’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic silver and bronze medallists, courtesy of the IsAbility Sports Club Limpopo.
The purpose of Louzanne’s visit is to enhance awareness of the opportunities for visually impaired athletes, as well as able-bodied athletes who can train to become guide runners. She will also give some basic training to local guide runners and visually impaired athletes, and she will also share a message of inspiration to motivate local communities.
As part of Louzanne’s programme, she will visit Laerskool Louis Trichardt on Saturday, 14 May, from 09:00 to 12:00. “During this time, she will be doing a demonstration of techniques and coaching some visually impaired athletes and guide runners. There are incredible opportunities for able-bodied athletes in terms of guide-running, and we hope this event will open up awareness of these opportunities and inspire those who have a future in this direction.
All visually impaired athletes who would like to attend and are not connected to any school are also welcome to attend.
If anyone is interested in attending the Saturday (14 May) event, they can contact Sheryl James on 083 415 7056 or Sandy James at 084 506 3333, or email them at email@example.com.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.