Hestrie Cloete OIS (née Storbeck; born 26 August 1978) is a former South African professional high jumper. Her foremost achievements were winning two world championships and two silver medals at the Olympic Games.
|Born||26 August 1978|
Germiston, South Africa
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 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 visualised every step of her attempt.
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||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||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 30 September 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 Bayview, Auckland on the North Island and Hestrie is a property manager while Jurie still pursues his music career and has a small business Retro Records which sells collectible 2nd hand Pop and Rock vinyl records.
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- "Cloete – heartbreak and gold". IAAF. 1 September 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
- News24: I'm 100% behind Jurie – Hestrie, 24 April 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
- "Hestrie Cloete (1978 – )". The Presidency. Retrieved 10 October 2019.