Golden Girl Caster makes UP very proud

Posted on August 20, 2009

News24 summed it up best it its report: “Powerfully-built but beautifully relaxed in motion, the 18-year-old clocked 1 minute, 55.45 seconds for the year's fastest time and a personal best by more than a second.”

Acting UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Chris de Beer congratulated Caster in a statement, adding:

“As part of our mission to nurture the ‘Innovation Generation’, the University wishes to create opportunities for our students to develop holistically and excel on many levels.”

“Ms Semenya is an example of someone who made the very best use of the space and opportunities created for her by the University to develop and excel as a sportswoman. Not only has she made the University proud, but she also serves as an inspiration and sets a shining example for other students to follow.”

“The University will continue to follow Ms Semenya’s progress with pride and we hope that she will go from strength to strength in her athletics career.”

In his reaction TuksSport Director Kobus van der Walt said it is hard to find words that would do justice to Caster’s accomplishment.

“We are extremely proud of her and her coach, Michael Seme. It was under Michael’s expertise guidance that Caster’s abundance of raw talent became poetry in motion. We at TuksSport never had any doubt that Caster had the makings of a champion and feel privileged and honoured to could have contributed to her success,” added Kobus.

Caster’s gold medal made front page news in nearly every local news paper. Here are some of the headlines:

Sowetan: Semenya - our golden girl

Beeld: Van stofdorpie in Limpopo tot Goud in Berlyn

Die Burger: Semenya: Plan het geslaag

The Times:
Caster Semenya wins 800 m Gold

Pretoria News: Semenya blasts to 800 win amidst gender row

The Star: Golden Girl Semenya stuns 800 meter field at World Champs

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