Sunette Viljoen | Alumni

Sunette Viljoen - Best of the best


The names Sunette Viljoen and NWU have become synonymous with excellence and extraordinary achievement on the athletics track.

She is the best woman javelin thrower that South Africa, Africa and the Commonwealth have produced. Only a select few athletes from South Africa achieve this level of success and recognition and in this exclusive group she is a proud flag bearer for South Africa and the NWU.

Sunette holds a BCom in Sport and Recreational Management from the NWU and through her exceptional performances on athletic fields across the world, has been a phenomenal brand ambassador for the NWU. As an athlete, Sunette has shown herself to be a leader and tutor to young athletes. She is unwavering in her efforts to help athletes reach their full potential.

Sunette is a ten-time South African champion, an eight-time SA Student champion and a four-time African champion. In 2009 and 2011 she won the Student World title and she was the Commonwealth champion in 2006 and 2010. In 2014 she won the silver medal. She won the IAAF Continental Cup twice, holds four junior SA records and has held seven South African records.

In 2011 she won bronze at the IAAF World Championships and was placed fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games. It was the third time she had represented South Africa at the Olympic Games.

Sunette is the personification of what it means to be an NWU alumnus. During her career she has had to endure many personal setbacks, but she has always prevailed through hard work and dedication.