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Anrune Liebenberg

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Family
Husband Stefan Weyers
Other names
Anrune Liebenberg
Residence
Stellenbosch, RSA
Occupation
Business Owner, Teacher
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Education - University of Stellenbosch: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 11 while she was at school. She began training seriously by 2010.
Why this sport?
"It makes me feel good and super happy."
Club / Team
Maties ParaSport Club: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [club], RSA

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Nicknames
Anruna, Ane'tjie (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Spending time outdoors, running, walking her dog. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the T47 400m at the 2019 Flanders Cup in Huizengin, Belgium. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Suzanne Ferreira. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Allyson Felix. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2018 she sustained an injury to the calf muscle in her right leg, as well as a herniated disc [L5] in her back. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

She had cartilage removed from her right knee in 2015. She then required a further operation to remove 60% of the meniscus in the same knee, but recovered in time to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; sascoc.co.za, 15 Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always draw a face on my stump when I run. I put it on with a pencil. It's usually the same face, but who knows, I may change it." (YouTube, 21 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You are not disabled by your disability but able by your abilities." (Athlete, 24 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability at the Regional Annual Sport Awards of the African Union Sports Council Region 5. (Twitter profile, 26 May 2019)

She was named the 2018 and 2019 Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability at the South Africa Sports Awards. (gsport.co.za, 15 Dec 2019; swimswam.com, 19 Nov 2018)

She received the Maties Sport Award as the 2017 Para Sportswoman of the Year in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (sun.ac.za, 20 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 23 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She was born with an underdeveloped left hand, so her left arm was amputated below the elbow. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
She planned to retire from the sport following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. After the Games were postponed until 2021 she started to consider continuing in the sport. “It was to be my last Games. I didn't voice it to media, but praying about it and having the time [of being] at home, just made me realise that I'm still super excited to run, I still have the fire. I still have this gift so I'm not done yet. I came to realise that [the postponement] is not about me. It's so much more. It's people's lives. But knowing that I can be part of something that is going to be magical. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be amazing. We will see what life gives after the Games. I am going to take it day by day.” (paralympic.org, 23 Jul 2017, 11 Jun 2020)

NEW NAME
Despite having competed for most of her career with her maiden name of Liebenberg, she decided to race under her married name of Weyers shortly after her 2018 wedding. "I am proud to have Weyers on my name now because it's kind of a part of him with me in athletics. He's the person who is always me." She says marriage has helped her dealing with injuries and disappointing results in her career. “When I got married it also changed me. I am the best version that I can be and I'm still excited to grow on the track and off the track with my husband on our journey that we have.” (paralympic.org, 10 Nov 2019, 11 Jun 2020)

BUSINESS
She and her mother run MeJuffrouw, a clothing brand in Cape Town, South Africa. (MeJuffrouw Facebook page, 31 Oct 2019; mejuffrow.shop, 01 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T46 Heat 1 2011-01-22 2
Women's 200 m T46 Final 2011-01-23 6
Women's 400 m T46 Final 2011-01-27 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T46 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Women's 200 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Women's 400 m T46 Final Round 2012-09-08 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T46 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
Women's 200 m T46 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 2
Women's 200 m T46 Final 1 2013-07-25 2
Women's 100 m T46 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 7
Women's 100 m T46 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-27 5
Women's 200 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-28 3
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-29 5
Women's 100 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-30 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T47 Heat 2 2016-09-13 1
Women's 400 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2016-09-15 2
Women's 200 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-16 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2017-07-14 1
Women's 200 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Women's 400 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 2