Anne (Anne Joubert McKenzie)
Anne McKenzie (Joubert) 1943
Anne started her athletic career with javelin, discus and shotput. She gained Western Province colours for all three in 1948. In 1958 she shifted to hurdles and won the Western Province 80 meters hurdles. After moving to Johannesburg, she focussed on longer distances and became known as `the flying housewife`. In 1963 Anne won the SA title for the half mile with a record time of 2.16.5. During this year she was the first SA woman to win a cross country title for women.She obtained Springbok colours in 1966.
In 1967 she obtained the 800 meter record. This stood for 20 years. In 1969 she improved her own halfmile record in a time of 2.11 .0 This at the age of 41!
She continued with athletics and at the 1981 Wold Champoinships at the age of 55 , set up new world record in that age group for the 400, 800, and 1500 meters.
After moving to Cape Town , she started cycling, and completed her first Argus in 1988 , at age 62. Here again ,she excelled and completed the Argus in a record time of 4 hous 4.51 minutes in the over 60 catagory. She completed in nine more Argus competitions until she was forced to retire after the death of her husband and did not feel save to cycle alone. She still cycles around Pinelands every day
1963 SA Woman Athlete of the year
1965/66/67 "Athletic Weekly" world Veteran Woman Athlete of the Year
1968 Springbok colours against International touring team
1967 Africa Athlete of the Year chosen by international correspondents for USA magazine
1973 Made Life member of Pinelands Athletic Club
1975 Prominent Citizens Award presented by Lions Club
1975 One of six Finalists for Western Province Sports star
1977/1080/1982 Received South African Sports Merit Award