Pietie Receives University’s Sportswoman of the Year Award

Pietie Receives University’s Sportswoman of the Year Award

South African hockey star Pietie Coetzee (right) was named Sportswoman of the Year at the University of Johannesburg’s recent Sports Awards. Coetzee is pictured with UJ’s Sportsman of the Year award winner, three-time Commonwealth karate champion, Morgan Moss. Photo: Supplied by UJ Sport

National hockey player Pietie Coetzee was named Sportswoman of the Year at the University of Johannesburg’s annual Sports Awards this past weekend.

“It’s a massive privilege,” said Coetzee, who won for a record fourth time.

“It’s always nice to get recognition because playing an amateur sport you very seldom do.” Coetzee, who was also a finalist for Sportswoman of the Year at the recent South African Sports Awards, said it was difficult to accept acknowledgement on an individual basis.

“I play a team sport and my success is very reliant on what the team does.”

The two-time Olympian, who is currently studying towards her second degree at the institution, also received an honorary award for breaking the world record for the most international goals scored – 225 in 227 tests.

According to the university’s acting vice-chancellor Professor Henk Kriek, the 33-year-old emergency medical care student’s feat was made even more remarkable by the fact that it had been achieved after a five-year hiatus from the sport.

“Pietie is without doubt one of the finest sportspeople to have been produced not only by the University of Johannesburg, but by South Africa.”

 

By | 2016-12-12T08:17:14+00:00 October 25th, 2011|Awards, Hockey, Newsroom|0 Comments

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