Karien Jonckheere

Karien Jonckheere

Sports Writer

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With over 20 years of experience writing about sports across three continents, Karien is a seasoned journalist with a global perspective. She's honed her craft at leading titles in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK, where she served as a chief writer for the official daily magazines of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What's your favourite sporting memory?

South Africa winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Athens Olympics

What's your favourite stadium?

St George’s Park cricket ground, South Africa

Do you have any favourite sports movies?

Chariots of Fire, The Best of Men

Latest Articles by Karien Jonckheere

Kirsten Neuschäfer photographed on a boat


[Exclusive] Kirsten Neuschäfer: Sailing Solo to Victory and Solitude

In a SportsBoom.com exclusive, Kirsten Neuschäfer reflects on her solo victory in the Golden Globe Race, and her profound connection to the sea

Karien Jonckheere


Cecil Afrika in Springbok Sevens jersey


Exclusive: Cecil Afrika on Shaping the Future of Women's Rugby Sevens

In a SportsBoom.com exclusive, Rugby Sevens legend Cecil Afrika opens up about coaching the South African women's team, as they strive for Olympic glory and advocate for gender equality in sports.

Karien Jonckheere


Karien Jonckheere

Karien has a passion for telling the stories of those competing in the so-called Cinderella sports who don’t always get the attention they deserve. Paris 2024 will see her covering her sixth Olympic Games.