Jeanéll Sports Star of the Month

2016-11-02 06:00
Jeanéll Coetzer

Jeanéll Coetzer

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Jeanéll Coetzer (17) has been chosen as November’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the month for Express.

This learner of the Martie du Plessis School excels in discus throw and shot-put events, winning silver. The talented athlete has risen above her perceived disability.

Jeanéll has represented her school at the Free State and South African Sport for Physically Disabled People Competitions and came out on top.

Her talent saw her obtain two gold medals, one each in discus throw and shot-put events at the South African National Championship.

Jeanéll’s outstanding performance set a new South African record in her category in discus events at the national championship staged earlier this year.

Last year, she also did exceptionally well, notching top spots provincially and nationally. At national competitions, she won a silver and gold medal in shot-put and discus throw events.

Jeanell was born at 25 weeks, thus three and a half months too early. Her birth weight was only 700 g.

Her mother calls Jeanell their miracle baby.

Jeanell suffered a stroke at birth, which caused her to develop cerebral palsy.

This affects her gross motor functions.

She was in the neo-natal unit in the Pretoria East Hospital for three months. Jeanell has been at Martie du Plessis School since gr. 8.

This is where Ernesta Strydom saw her potential and encouraged her to start participating in sport for people with disabilities.

With the coaching of her father, Stefan, who did athletics, Jeanell has shown potential and will, reaching ever greater heights through her excellent performance.

Jeanéll’s motto is: “Reach for your dream. Don’t ever give up.”

Jeanéll will be the last Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month for 2016 for Express.

In middle November, the Express Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year will be crowned at a private function in Bloemfontein.

More about Let’s Play

SuperSport over time has evolved as the quintessential sports authority.

With such strong sporting influence within the South African market, SuperSport has been perfectly poised to harness this power and rally the public and corporates to truly make a difference in society.

SuperSport identified that there were huge issues severely inhibiting the development of children through skills learned by playing, physical education and sport – all of which are imperative to the holistic development of young people.

It was from this insight that Let’s Play was started in November 2005 with the aim of elevating awareness of our social situation and to introduce and encourage play, activity and sport in schools.

For more information, please contact Lynne or Juanré at Z PR on 051-522 9574.

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