Sunette Viljoen

Javelin thrower

Sunette Viljoen is Jo'burg's true golden girl, and she has a cabinet full of medals to prove it. In 2010, 27-year-old Viljoen took top honours at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, having taken gold in Melbourne in 2006. She is the current and three-time African champion and is among the top ten women javelin throwers in the world. Last year was one of Viljoen's most consistent seasons, with throws beyond 63m a regular feature. She competed in 15 meets, winning nine, and broke her own African record at the Josef Odlo_il Memorial in Prague. It's safe to say that Viljoen, a mother, wife and postgraduate student, who has represented South Africa in women's indoor and outdoor cricket and played netball at a provincial level, is a natural sportswoman. Who knows what stopped her from pursuing her childhood dream, but South Africa can be grateful that she did not decide to become a police-woman after all. � Cat Pritchard

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