Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Gerrie Coetzee and motivational speaker will go down in history as one of the greatest fighters South Africa has ever produced. Coetzee left an indelible mark on South African sport by knocking out Leon Spinks in the first round, which went 30 rounds in two fights against Mohamed Ali, beating Ali in the first fight and narrowly lost the second fight. Michael Dokes was knocked out in the tenth round on 23 September 1983, in Akron, Ohio, to become the WBA's Heavyweight Champion of the World. South Africans celebrated till early morning hours all over the World. Gerrie Coetzee became a hero overnight not only in South Africa, but all over the world.
Gerrie Coetzee has a passion for empowering others to excel and succeed.His personal story of struggle andperseverance is an inspiration for everyone. With courage and a strong commitment, he pursued his ambitions and reach the top ranking in sport to become the firstSouth African to won the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion title. Born in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Gerrie grew up poor and hard, where many would see nothing but overwhelming odds stacked against them, he saw an abundance of opportunityto pursue his dreams. A spirit of never-quit, hard work and always be positive provided him the platform to live his dreams.
WBF (World Boxing Federation) ACHIEVEMENT AWARDGerrie was awarded a sponsored WBF belt for his lifetime contribution and achievement in the boxing arena. An even greater “award” was when Gerrie discovered that the sponsor of the belt is Mr. Dries van Zyl a respected business giant and owner of the company Vaalmac Engineering (www.vaalmac.co.za).Gerrie is a huge admirer of Mr. van Zyl as he is not only a true friend and mentor but he is also an inspiration for those around him. THANKS “OOM” DRIES
Mr. Dries van Zyl (Sponsor of Gerrie’s WBF Achievement Belt Award)