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Olympic role for University physiotherapist

13 Gorffennaf 2012

Olympic role for physio webL to R: Dr Nicola Phillips, Seren Preece-Jones, Matt Virden, Trevor Baker, Richard Edwards, Emma Walker, Tim Sharp and Simon Carly-Smith at the University’s physiotherapy facilities

A Cardiff University physiotherapist has been selected to join the army of volunteers who will be working at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dr Nicola Phillips, who works as director of postgraduate healthcare studies at the School of Healthcare Studies, will swap her day job for the role of a lead physiotherapist at the Olympic Park’s Polyclinic during the Games.

She will help head up a team of chartered physiotherapists acting as ‘Games Makers’ who are giving up their time to help ensure London 2012 runs as smoothly as possible.

Dr Phillips said: "It’s a tremendous honour and privilege to be leading such a fantastic team of physiotherapists at a ‘home Olympics’. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s wonderful that so many UK-based chartered physiotherapists will get to experience the Olympic atmosphere and learn skills they’ll be able to take back and apply in their day job."

In 2008, Nicola was chief physiotherapist for Team GB at the Beijing Olympics and she has been to seven Commonwealth Games as chief physiotherapist for the Welsh team.

"I’m looking forward to working with some extremely talented healthcare professionals," Nicola said.

Dr Helena Johnson, chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), said: "Physiotherapists will play an important role at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and being selected as a Games Maker is a big achievement. Nicola can look forward to the experience of a lifetime."

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Cardiff University and the Olympics

School of Healthcare Studies