|Top honours: Attending the celebration of Prof Tim Noakes' award are (from left): Lionel Opie, Bruce Fordyce, Lewis Pugh, Tim Noakes, Helen Moffett, Tim Harkness, Wieland Gevers, Ed Ojuka, Peter Chapman and Morne Du Plessis.|
The Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine hosted a function on 13 February to celebrate Professor Tim Noakes' Order of Mapungubwe, which he received in 2008.
The event featured speeches by several luminaries who have played a part in Noakes' life and career, including Professor Wieland Gevers, who is also a recipient of the award, former Springbok rugby captain Morné du Plessis, and long-distance champion Bruce Fordyce, among others.
Noakes said that he asked everyone to speak about excellence and science, not about him, but this didn't prevent the odd jibe.
|Top honours: Prof Tim Noakes celebrates receiving the Order of Mapungubwe.|
"I'm his doctor, and he's an appalling patient," said Dr Peter Chapman. "He's so healthy, it's disgusting!"
Instituted in 2002, the Order of Mapungubwe is the South African equivalent of a knighthood, being the country's highest honour. It is awarded by the state president for achievements that have served South Africa internationally.
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