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Flowers for a champion


Posted on 26 August 2009

Professor Chris de Beer, acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria hands over a bouquet of flowers to Caster Semenya, TuksSport athlete and new world 800m world champion,  while her coach, Michael Seme loks on. Caster is a first year student at the university.
Professor Chris de Beer, acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria hands over a bouquet of flowers to Caster Semenya, TuksSport athlete and new world 800m world champion, while her coach, Michael Seme loks on. Caster is a first year student at the university.

The University of Pretoria on Wednesday, 26 August, officially congratulated new 800m world champion Caster Semenya, a student at the university, at a function hosted by acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Chris de Beer. It was her first day back on campus.

Professor De Beer hailed Caster for the shining example she has set for her fellow Tukkies.

“She is an inspiration to us all. The University will continue to follow Ms Semenya’s progress with pride and hope that she will go from strength to strength in her athletics career,” added Prof De Beer.

TuksSport Director Mr Kobus van der Walt commented: “Caster took the world by storm with her remarkable win in Berlin. She has become a household name in world athletics in less than a week. We are very proud of her and her coach, Michael Seme, and thank the thousands world wide who have been supporting them since Caster became the new world champion.”

On behalf of TuksSport, Mr Van der Walt undertook to support and aid Caster in any way possible.

Both Prof De Beer and Mr Van der Walt also paid tribute to the achievements of Khotso Mokoena (silver medal in the long jump men) and Karen Mey Melis (bronze medal in the long jump women). Both are registered TuksSport athletes.


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