School of Human Movement Sciences

Wilmarié du Plessis

Wilmarié du Plessis has been a lecturer at the NWU since 2012. She completed her doctoral studies 2021/22 at the NWU. Wilmarié teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is responsible for supervising students with their master’s and doctoral studies. Furthermore, she is involved in community projects relating to the field of Kinderkinetics.

Laura Gray

I think I started to run before I could walk and have been fascinated by human movement and sports performance from a young age. I decided to satisfy my curiosity by studying sport science. After obtaining my Bachelors in Adapted Physical Activities and Health and working as a coach my intrigue for human movement science simply increased. I went on to study an Honours in Strength and Condition and Rehabilitation followed by a Masters in Human Movement Science and Research.

Barry Gerber

I’m Mr. B.P. Gerber, a young, dynamic academic and researcher from the North-West University in South Africa. Currently I am a Senior Lecturer and Manager of the Clinic for Kinderkinetics at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus.

Clément N. Gambelli

After obtaining my bachelors in Sport Science in Nice (France), specialising in physical conditioning and coaching, I had the opportunity to do my Honours degree in Pennsylvania (United States of America). Developing a keen interest for human movement science I started my research activities during my Master’s degree focusing on biomechanics and motor control of gait. I specifically analysed the gait of patients with Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD). I pursued my interest in research by doing a PhD at the Laboratory of Physiology and Biomechanics of Locomotion in Belgium.

Henriëtte Hammill

I am a qualified Biokineticist and performed post-graduate research in focus area of Biokinetics, Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics.  I enjoy the different fields of Biokinetics and have been fortunate to teach in the various fields of this profession.  Exposure to different aspects taught me that my interest lies within the Biokinetics profession’s rehabilitation of sport and the orthopaedics.  Currently I am teaching the modules, Orthopaedics (Honours), Research Methods and Biokinetics (third years) and fully enjoy the work I am blessed to do.  


Dané Coetzee

Dané Coetzee is currently a professor in the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. Prof Coetzee pursued her academic career at the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science at the North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom Campus since 2009. Her teaching responsibilities at the NWU include modules on undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as guidance to several masters and doctoral students in the field of Kinderkinetics and Human Movement Science.

Ben Coetzee

I received a BSc in Human Movement Science in 1994, a B.Sc Honours degree in Sport Science (Cum Laude) in 1995, a MSc in Human Movement Science (Cum Laude) in 2000 and a PhD in Human Movement Science in 2010 from North-West University (NWU). During my years as a graduate and post-graduate student I served as a lecturer assistant and temporary lecturer for modules that ranged from coaching science to anatomy, exercise physiology and exercise science for 1st up until honours students in the School for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science (BRS).

Anita Elizabeth Pienaar

Anita Pienaar holds a Ph.D. in Human Movement Science with specialisation in pediatric exercise science (Kinderkinetics). She is a Professor in the School for Biokinetics, Rrecreation and Sport Science at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) where she also acts as the program leader for the Kinderkinetics program with teaching duties to post graduate students in Sport Science and Kinderkinetics. 

Hans de Ridder

Professor Dr. J. Hans de Ridder is a full professor and director of the School of Human Movement Sciences at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He is currently a C1 rated researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. His current H-Index is 19. He was the receiver in 2002 of the Stals Award and again in 2011 the Albert Strating Award for Preventative Medicine from the South African Academy for Science and Art for his exceptional contribution to kinanthropometry in Africa.