KINGWILL’S TYPICAL DAY
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