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We are South African: Louzanne Coetzee – WATCH

Profmed member Louzanne Coetzee is back from the World Championships in Paris and has turned her attention to winning gold at the 2024 Paris Paralympics.

Coetzee was born blind as a result of a hereditary condition called Leber congenital amaurosis and competes in the T11 disability class for athletes with the highest level of visual impairment.

After her record-breaking feats at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics at which she won the silver medal in the 1 500m T11 final in a new Africa record of 4:40.96 and the bronze medal in the T12 women’s marathon in a new T11 world record of 3:11:13, few would bet against the 30-year-old from Bloemfontein climbing the top step of the podium next year in Paris.

Nothing it seems can keep Coetzee down, not even tearing an ACL tendon three weeks before competing at this year’s World Championships, also held in Paris

Thankfully, thanks to the Profmed medical aid and a world-class medical team, the injury was identified and treated, allowing Coetzee to compete.

Coetzee would go on to claim the silver medal in the 1 500m T11 final at the World Championships when she crossed the line behind Kenyan winner Nancy Chelangat Koech.

“The pressure of having an injury and the uncertainty was great, but it’s important to leave those things behind you… ultimately game day is game day, there is no other way.

“It’s an honour to go out there and be on the frontline for our country and the love you get afterwards. South Africa – I feel you, I see you and really appreciate and love all of you,” an inspirational Coetzee said.

Coetzee, who is studying for her MBA when time allows off the track, has her sights firmly set on the 2024 Paris Paralympics – now less than 12 months away.

Follow Louzanne Coetzee’s journey in the lead-up to the 2024 Paralympics and how she plans on peaking in Paris in the latest ‘We are South African’ episode.

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