In 1998 I matriculated from Grey College, Bloemfontein. The following year I enrolled at the University of the Free State to study Physiotherapy.
I continued my keen interest in sport whilst at university and in 2000 made my debut for the Free State Cricket team.
Although I found that playing cricket and studying at the same time was "challenging"... I ultimately graduated in 2004 and completed my Community Service a year later. Whilst practicing as a community service physio - I experienced many “real life” events which theory and books just cannot teach one.
This period of my career was definitely an eye opener for me – having left university and the structure of lecture halls.
I lived and survived throughout that year by my credo of “improvisation and adaptation...” I quickly learnt that there is nothing better to prepare one as a recently graduate - than facing the structured chaos of the “real world” of physiotherapy.
As a result of my cricket skills I was fortunate enough to find an initial employment opportunity as a cricketer - which also allowed me to practice physiotherapy as a locum in Bloemfontein, ensuring that I remained in touch with my real passion of physiotherapy. I fully realized that cricket was not going to sustain me for too long as I progressed through life.
During the 2006/07 cricket season, I relocated from Bloemfontein to Potchefstroom, where I immediately started working in a local physiotherapy practice.
My sporting appetite for cricket continued and before long I was selected as the captain of the North West Dragons Cricket team. I have grown very fond of this team and I still represent them when I am not playing for the Bizhub Highveld Lions.
After working as a physio in Potchefstroom for approximately two years, I became an associate for a period – however my cricketing successes continued and the demands to attend cricket practice for the Bizhub Highveld Lions in Johannesburg increased. As such I decided to relocate to the big city.
Since moving to my new home in Johannesburg, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to one of the best physiotherapists in the business.
Under his guidance, I was given the opportunity to manage one of their school satellite practices for four years, where I gained invaluable experience in the field of treating sports physio conditions.
One of my career highlights was certainly to oversee the annual Easter Rugby Festival in Johannesburg.
When I was at school playing rugby, we had "Deep Heat" available plus water and a quarter of an orange at half time, whereas NOW school rugby teams have the option of calling upon a professional physiotherapist if necessary.
How things have changed!
The best thing about the orange slice at half time by the way, was the peel doubling up as a mouth guard in the second half!
2013 has arrived and I have decided that it is perfect timing to take a leap of faith towards realizing my ultimate career dream!
My experience in the professional sporting world & the valuable physio skills and experience built up over the last decade, has given me the confidence to establish my very own physio practice here in Johannesburg...
So, here I am!
- School: Grey College, Bloemfontein, 1998
- University: B.Sc. Physiotherapy - University of Free State 2004
- Sarel Cilliers High School: team physiotherapist and conditioning trainer (2000)
- BSc Physiotherapy – Free State University (2004)
- Community Service Physiotherapist – Free State Health Department (2005)
- Rugby Physiotherapist: Central University of Technology (2005)
- Cricket Physiotherapist: University of the Free State (2004-2005)
- Rugby Physiotherapy: University of North West PUKKE (2007-2009)
- Cricket Physiotherapist: University of North West PUKKE (2007-2009)
- Head Physiotherapist and Medical Co-ordinator at King Edward VII School – Easter Rugby and Hockey Festival (2010-2013)
- Head Physiotherapist: University of the Witwatersrand – Varsity Cup Rugby
- Employed by Anna Swanepoel Physiotherapists and Liebenberg, Kruger & Dippenaar Physiotherapists in Bloemfontein to do locum work (2005-2007)
- Employed by Fick Physiotherapy (2007-2009)
- Team Physiotherapist: North West Cricket Association (2007-2009)
- Part time team Physiotherapist: bizhub Highveld Lions (2008-2015)
- Physiotherapist at Cricket South Africa - High Performance Program
- Physiotherapist at Cricket South Africa - Momentum Protea Ladies Team
- Conditioning trainer: North West Cricket Association (2007-2009)
- Associate at Fick Physiotherapy (2009-2012)
- Employed by LSD&H Physiotherapists (2010-2013)
- Owner: Cliffe Deacon Physiotherapy (2013-...)
Post-Graduate Courses completed:
- Dry Needling Module 1 and 2
- XLR8 Bronze
- Kinesiology Taping Module 1 and 2
- Vibe-X Vibration Training Module 1, 2 and 3
- Various Yearly Ethical Courses
- Various Web-based Courses (30 Courses) for Physiotherapists
- UKCC Level 2 Cricket Coaching Certificate
- CSA Level 3 Cricket Coaching Certificate
- Emergency Life Support Certificate
- Provincial C Umpire's Certificate
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate
- ICDL Start Certificate
- Owner of the M/S2 Training System for Elite Athleticism
- Grey College first XI (1997-1998)
- Grey College first XI Captain (1998)
- Free State Schools B-side (1996)
- Free State Schools XI (1997-1998)
- Free State Schools XI Captain (1998)
- South African Country Districts Team (1996)
- University of Free State first XI (1999-2005)
- Warwickshire County Cricket Team Second XI (2001)
- University of Free State first XI Captain (2004)
- SA University XI (2004)
- Free State B-side (1999-2003)
- Free State First XI (1999-2003)
- Central Cricket Franchise, now known as the Chevrolet Knights (2004-2007)
- South African "A" XI (2007)
- North West Cricket XI (2007-2015)
- North West Cricket XI Captain (2007-2009)
- South African Amateur XI (2009)
- New Heights Cricket Franchise, also known as the bizhub Highveld Lions (2009-2015)