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Louzanne Coetzee



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T11, F11
Xavier Adams

Further personal information

Bloemfontein, RSA
Athlete, University Staff
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Advertising, Communications, Marketing - University of the Free State: Bloemfontein, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 19 during her first year at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"I was motivated by friends and family, who recognised potential in me."
Club / Team
University of the Free State Kovsies: Bloemfontein, RSA
Name of coach
Girda Siebert [personal]

International debut

Competing for
South Africa
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

The Rose of Bloemfontein, Miss Lou (, 02 Jul 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Cooking, baking, reading, watching films and television series, singing, shopping, doing art, walking, spending time in nature. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 14 Sep 2020;, 09 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the T11 5000m at the 2018 Grand Prix in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 02 Jul 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Rufus Botha. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
South African distance runner Zola Budd. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
In 2019 she sustained an iliotibial band syndrome injury [ITB] to her knee and needed two months to recover. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

In 2018 she was out of action for two months with a plantar fasciitis injury. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success is not possible without the support of others and hard work." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named Sports Star of the Year [from June 2018 to April 2019] by the Free State Sports Association for the Physically Disabled. (, 14 Sep 2020)

In 2018 she received the Free State Sports Star Award. (, 14 Sep 2020)

In 2017 she and her guide Khothatso Mokone received a Special Award for Disabled Sport at the KovsieSport Awards. (, 14 Sep 2020)

She was named the 2014 Senior Sportswoman of the Year by the Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled in South Africa. (, 30 Jul 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to set a world record in the T11 marathon. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; News24 YouTube channel, 08 Aug 2018;, 02 Aug 2020)
She was born with Leber's congenital amaurosis, an inherited eye condition. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
She works as residence head at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She previously worked as a research assistant at the university between January 2015 and August 2018. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)

She was disqualified after finishing the T11 1500m heat at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her guide Khothatso Mokone passed in front of her while overtaking another athlete and was deemed by officials to have provided illegal assistance. "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." (, 18 Mar 2017;, 03 Oct 2016;, 23 Sep 2016)

She has a master's degree in social cohesion and reconciliation studies from the University of Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-20 7
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2015-10-25 8
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 1 2015-10-29 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-15 3
Women's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-17 4
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-18 6