While "stranded on land" she has been relearning how to evaluate a function, identify linear functions, wrote equations etc.
Since doing maths is not exactly everyone's favourite
past time. Getting to solve problems, however, is a way for Schoenmaker
to relax and pass the time during the national lockdown.
is not the main reason why she is playing around with numbers and
formulas. She is helping the son of the domestic worker while he is
doing online education. Being a part-time tutor is quite a rewarding
experience. The ultimate challenge would be if she could get her student
to enjoy mastering maths.
Schoenmaker must keep her mind active.
The past four years, it has not always been easy to do so as she was
training to beat the world's best in the pool. Most days she has been at
it for six hours resulting in her still studying during the early hours
of the morning.
Being so disciplined had its consequences. Most
students end up having fond memories of their carefree days before
having to face up to real life challenges. For Schoenmaker, such
memories do not exist. According to her, she had no social life.
she persevered and reaped the award. The Tuks swimmer has completed her
BCom financial science studies while she also established herself as
one of the world’s best breaststroke swimmers.
responsible for one of the most significant breakthroughs in South
African women's sport last year when she won a silver medal in the
200m breaststroke during the World Championships in Korea. She is the
first local female swimmer to medal at a world long course championship
(50m). It led to her deservedly winning the 2019 South African
Sportswoman of Year-award as well as the South African Sports Star of
The Tuks swimmer also won two gold medals (100m as well
as 200m breaststroke) at the World Student Games in Napoli, Italy. To
top it all, she also won two gold medals at the Tokyo World Cup (100m
and 200m breaststroke).
Needless to say, Schoenmaker has no regrets about being a Tuks student and an international swimmer.
I could have the past four years over again, I would choose to do
precisely the same. I have had some fantastic experiences and met
Schoenmaker is already contemplating as to
what she wants to study next year. Quantity surveying seems to her an
interesting option, but because the Tokyo Olympic Games has been
postponed until next year, she might put the idea on hold for now.
the lockdown started, Schoenmaker has not been in the pool once. Part
of the reason is that she has been allowed to take a break. All good
things, however, do come to an end.
"I know I need to get to start swimming, but I have not yet found the courage to do so as the water in the pool is icy cold."
If her courage did not forsake her Schoenmaker would have dived in this morning to start preparing for next year's Tokyo Games.