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.”