Olympian Lynique Prinsloo Crowned UJ’s Sports Star of the Year

Olympian Lynique Prinsloo Crowned UJ’s Sports Star of the Year

Olympic Games track and field athlete Lynique Prinsloo was named Sports Star of the Year at the University of Johannesburg’s awards gala dinner, at the Johannesburg Country Club on Thursday night.

The student long jumper made her mark in South African athletics this year by qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

Prinsloo, who grew up in Springs but now commutes between Pretoria and Johannesburg, was named Sportswoman of the Year after a string of successes including a gold-medal performance at the SA Champs.

The 25-year-old education student, who placed 33rd in Rio after jumping 6.10m, also dominated the Varsity Athletics events, and secured titles at the USSA champs and the Central Gauteng Athletics meeting in Germiston.

The runner-up spot in the women’s category went to Olympian Anel Oosthuizen, who placed 63rd in Rio in the 20km walk, and fourth at the African Championships.

Third place went to squash player Alexia Pienaar, who was instrumental in UJ winning the USSA tournament for the fifth year in a row in July.

Oosthuizen also won second place in the top Student-Athlete Award, which takes the candidate’s academic record into account, for her race-walking prowess combined with her academic achievement of 74.16 per cent.

 

Photo 1 caption: Rio Olympics long jumper Lynique Prinsloo was named the University of Johannesburg’s Sports Star of the Year at the annual gala dinner in Johannesburg on Thursday, 20 October, 2016. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Photo 2 caption: The 2016 runner-up spot in the women’s category went to fellow Olympian, Anel Oosthuizen, who placed 63rd in the Rio 20km walk, and fourth at the African Championships. Photo: Supplied

Photo 3 caption: Springs-born Prinsloo was named Sportswoman of the Year after a string of successes including a gold-medal long jumpe performance at the SA Champs, her 33rd-place in Rio after jumping 6.10m, her dominance of the Varsity Athletics events, and for having secured titles at the USSA champs, and the Central Gauteng Athletics meeting in Germiston. Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport

 

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