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COETZEE Louzanne
Sport Para athletics
NPC South Africa   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthBloemfontein, SAF
Height1.54 m
Weight 48 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Khothatso Mokone
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bloemfontein, RSA
Occupation
Student
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Marketing - University of the Free State: Bloemfontein, RSA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2012 during her first year at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by her friends to start the sport.
Club / Team
University of the Free State: Bloemfontein, RSA
Name of coach
Rufus Botha, RSA, from 2012
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
South Africa
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the 5000m world record. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rufus Botha. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
British distance runner Zola Budd. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give less than 100%." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Senior Sportswoman of the Year by the Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled in South Africa. (bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 30 Jul 2014)
Impairment
She was born with no vision due to Leber's congenital amaurosis, an inherited eye condition. (nedbankrunningclub.co.za, 25 Mar 2013; Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Other information
RIO DISQUALIFICATION
She was disqualified after finishing the T11 1500m heat at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because her guide, Khothatso Mokone, passed in front of her while overtaking another athlete and was deemed by officials to have provided illegal assistance. She says she regrets not appealing the decision. "Khothatso turned his shoulder towards me when he was speaking to me and from the video on the referees' side, it looked like he was pulling me. Nobody wanted to appeal and help me appeal. If I had gone and appealed confidently, we could've won the appeal. So I've learnt that if you believe in something, go for it. I won't let that happen to me ever again. It wasn't a great place to learn that at, but I'm glad I gained that experience. I think if I didn't run that race and get disqualified, I wouldn't have gained the experience I got." (news24.com, 23 Sep 2016; enca.com, 18 Mar 2017; dumelangnews.co.za, 03 Oct 2016)

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
In 2014 she became the first student with a visual impairment to be elected to the Student Representative Council [SRC] at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where she was responsible for student accessibility. ''I wanted to create awareness of disabled students on campus.'' (ufs.ac.za, 19 Sep 2014; bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 05 Sep 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 1500m T11  DSQ
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 800m T11 2:50.42
8 2015 1500m T11 5:29.26
Heats 2015 800m T11 2:42.49
4 2017 1500m T11 4:52.67
6 2017 800m T11 2:27.65