Sports performance practitioner, researcher and educator.
My work is influenced by my experience as an athlete, coach, student, teacher, biomechanist, clinician and scientist. I invite you to learn more about this work below.
THE STORY, SO FAR
With a background in gymnastics, as a coach and athlete, I took the first steps in my career in sport science through undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town. I then worked in clinical practice as a biokineticist in Johannesburg for a number of years, with a special interest in sports injury rehabilitation. My PhD studies took me to Perth and the University of Western Australia, where I researched cricket fast bowling biomechanics and lumbar injury mechanisms. On returning to South Africa I worked at the University of Pretoria for ten years in a variety of roles spanning academia and applied sport science, balancing student training, research, and leading the delivery of scientific support to elite athletes and sports organisations. In 2023, I took up the position of Movement Specialist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, where I currently work in their swimming and athletics programs.
Throughout my career, my professional development has been considerably enhanced by being part of collaborative networks working within and across disciplines. I have therefore taken on leadership roles in several professional organisations where I aim to help create environments that support the growth of others and my own continual learning. For example, I am a fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, co-founded the South African Society of Biomechanics, and served as an advisory board member of the sport science unit at the Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute at the University of Pretoria.
My work has been published and presented for academic, clinical, and coaching audiences - some of which can be viewed on these pages: