|Born||26 August 1978|
Germiston, South Africa
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10 st 10 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||HJ: 2.06 (Saint-Denis 2003)|
|Updated on 14 November 2013.|
Cloete was discovered at an age of 13 by her long-time coach Martin Marx, and trained at the Lichtenburg High School early in her career. She was quickly found to have a very strong will, which had given other coaches trouble coaching her. Hestrie Cloete had always put a great significance in maintaining a strong mind, and explained that she finds much of that strength in her faith. In 2003, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver (OIS) by South African president Thabo Mbeki for excellence in her sports performances.
Cloete had somewhat unusual habits, as she was known to smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day, and has also stated she loved fast food. In an attempt to focus before every jump, Cloete characteristically did spin her index fingers around each other, leaned sideways with her upper body and visualized every step of her attempt.
Cloete retired after the 2004 Summer Olympics to focus on her family.
Cloete were awarded numerous international achievements. She achieved her high jump personal best of 2.06 m on 31 August 2003, when winning the gold medal under the World Championships in Paris (African record, as of May 2011)
|Representing South Africa|
|1995||All-Africa Games||Harare, Zimbabwe||1st||1.85 m|
|1996||World Junior Championships||Sydney, Australia||6th||1.85 m|
|1998||IAAF World Cup||Johannesburg, South Africa||2nd||1.96 m|
|African Championships||Dakar, Senegal||1st||1.92 m|
|1999||All-Africa Games||Johannesburg, South Africa||1st||1.96 m|
|2000||Olympic Games||Sydney, Australia||2nd||2.01 m|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||1st||2.00 m|
|2002||IAAF World Cup||Madrid, Spain||1st||2.02 m|
|Commonwealth Games||Manchester, England||1st||1.96 m|
|African Championships||Radès, Tunisia||1st||1.95 m|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||1st||2.06 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||2nd||2.02 m|
|African Championships||Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo||1st||1.95 m|
Cloete grew up under her maiden name Storbeck in the small railway town of Coligny with her mother Martie and father Willem. She divorced her first husband in 2004 and married Afrikaans singer Jurie Els on September the 30th 2005, gave birth to a daughter Chrizette on 5 October 2006 and moved to New Zealand early in 2008. Hestrie and Jurie's son Jason John Els was born in New Zealand on 23 July 2008. The couple resides in Silverdale on the North Island and Hestrie is a teacher at a preschool while Jurie still pursues his music career.
| Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
| Women's High Jump Best Year Performance