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Coetzenburg sports grounds
Prof. Floris J.G. van der Merwe
Departement Sportwetenskap, Universiteit Stellenbosch
Privaatsak X1, Matieland 7602
Tel.: 021-808 4915   Fax.: 021-808 4817

Floris van der Merwe

Floris van der Merwe

Author of publications on Sports History
Professor at the Department of Sport Science, University of Stellenbosch

Floris Johannes Gerhardus van der Merwe was born on 5 January 1951 in Cape Town and grew up mainly in the Strand, where he attended Lochnerhof Laerskool and Strand Hoërskool. He studied at Stellenbosch from 1970-1974 (BA Phys.Ed., B. Hons. Phys.Ed., Teaching Diploma) and at Potchefstroom University from 1975-1978 (MA, D.Phil) and again at Stellenbosch during 1985-1986 (MA History). He has been lecturing at the Sport Science department since January 1979.
His present sport is golf. Floris van der Merwe has his own publishing company, FJG Publikasies and you can order his books by e-mail
, Fax 021-808 4817 or post: 18 Swellengrebel Avenue, Stellenbosch 7600

Awards:

Stals Prize for Human Movement Science from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in 1999
Rector's Award for Excellence in Research in 2000
SASReCon 2006 Certificate of appreciation

Books:

Die Helleense erfenis: Oorsprong en program van die antieke Olimpiese Spele, Stellenbosch: FJG Publikasies, 1980/93
Verwante Suid-Afrikaanse literatuur in die vorm van doktorale proefskrifte, magisterverhandelings en B.Ed.Ph.-skripsies op die gebied van Liggaamlike Opvoedkunde, Sport en Rekreasie, Departement van Liggaamlike Opvoedkunde, April 1980
Honderd jaar Matie-atletiek, 1885-1985, Stellenbosch Atletiekklub, 1984
Die volle verhaal van Laurens Smitz Meintjes (1868-1941), Words Unlimited, 1989
Sportgeskiedenis: 'n Handleiding vir Suid-Afrikaanse studente, Words Unlimited, 1990/94/99
An index to D.V. Coghlan's "The development of athletics in South Africa: 1814-1914" (Co-authors: Coetzee, E.; Augustyn, C.M. & Carstens, J. de R), FJG, 1993
Sport en spele onder die Boerekrygsgevangenes tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog, 1899-1902, Annale van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch 1995/1
Sport as symbol, symbols in sport. Proceedings of the 3rd ISHPES congress, Cape Town, 1995 (Ed.), Academia, 1996
Sport History: A textbook for South African students, FJG, 1997/2001/04/07
Die Boere-sirkus van St. Louis (1904) / The Boer War Show of St. Louis (1904), FJG, 1998
Gerry Bouwer en sy Chrysler deur Afrika (1928), (From Cape Town to Cairo in a Chrysler), FJG, 1998
S.A. soldate en hul sport, 1939-1945, FJG, 1999
William Webb Ellis: Fiksie of feite? William Webb Ellis: Fiction or facts?, FJG, 1999
Frank Fillis: Die verhaal van 'n sirkuslegende, FJG, 2002
Sport en spel in die konsentrasiekampe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog, 1899-1902, FJG Publikasies, 2004
Matieland is rugbyland, African SunMedia, 2007
Frank Fillis: The story of a circus legend, FJG Publikasies, 2007 (2. edition 2012)
Essays on South African sport history, 2009
Sporting soldiers. South Africans at play during the First World War, FJG Publikasies, 2012
Sport in die Boere-krygsgevangekampe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog, 1899-1902, FJG Publikasies, 2013

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