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Their charges ad­dress them as “mother coach”. Fouché (51) guided Khotso Mokoena to gold medals in the triple jump at the SA Cham­pi­onships, Com­mon­wealth Games and African Se­nior Cham­pi­onships.

The Hoërskool Lin­den head of depart­ment also steered long jumper Zarck Visser to gold at the SA champs, sil­ver at the Com­mon­wealth Games and gold at the con­ti­nen­tal champs.

Kingwill (55), a math­e­mat­ics teacher at King Ed­ward VII School in Joburg, also guided her charge, SA sil­ver medal­list Ruswahl Sa­maai, to bronze medals at the Com­mon­wealth Games and African Cham­pi­onships.

The two coaches said they get the best out of their ath­letes be­cause their charges ex­pe­ri­ence “the car­ing side of a woman” as well as their knowl­edge of the psy­che of their ath­letes.

“I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a coach and a nur­turer. I com­bine th­ese roles and the sixth sense to do it all,” said Fouché, who hails from Jan Kem­p­dorp in North­ern Cape.

Kingwill, who is orig­i­nally from East Lon­don, said: “My plate is for­ever full, but I am able to jug­gle between school work and coach­ing.”

Un­like Kingwill, who was a jumper in her hey­day and set an SA Un­der-16 long jump record in 1975, IAAF level 5 coach­ing cer­tifi­cate holder Fouché said her pas­sion in the sport was in­spired by her hus­band, for­mer SA long jump record holder François Fouché.

“Women have to fight to get to the top and I am liv­ing the dream. I am ful­filled and ex­cited at what my ath­letes have achieved so far,” said Fouché, who has guided Mokoena for a year and has been with Visser for six years.

Kingwill is equally ex­cited at the achieve­ment of Sa­maai, whom she has worked with for three years and refers to as a “god­send”. She said it was a pity she was not in Scot­land and Morocco to savour the mo­ment with Sa­maai, un­like Fouché, who went to the two com­pe­ti­tions as Team SA’s jumps coach.

Fouché also paid a spe­cial trib­ute Mokoena’s for­mer coach, Elna de Beer, say­ing “she re­ally worked on God­frey [Mokoena’s other

She wakes up at 5am daily for train­ing un­til 6am

She is at school at 7am un­til 2.30pm, which in­cludes coach­ing Hoërskool Lin­den pupils

Her coach­ing ses­sions start at 2.30pm un­til 4pm, be­fore she joins her group of jumpers at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Auck­land Park Cam­pus

Her day starts at 5am and ends at 5pm. She al­ter­nates coach­ing at King Ed­ward VII School with tak­ing her group of se­nior ath­letes at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Auck­land Park Cam­pus.

In between, she does school work, which at times forces her to wake up at 4am. Kingwill also finds time to coach her daugh­ter Kelly, who is also the jump spe­cial­ist


MEN­TOR Jenny Kingwill dur­ing a coach­ing ses­sion in Joburg with a King Ed­ward VII School triple jumper

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