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Barnsley physiotherapist selected to help keep Team GB’s London 2012 hopefuls in top condition


A physiotherapist from Barnsley has been selected as part of an elite support team that will work with Team GB during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Chartered physiotherapist Ian Horsley will be in the Team GB headquarters physiotherapy team, the British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced.

The eight-strong unit will supply services to the sports that are not heading to London with their own physiotherapist, such as table tennis, fencing and weightlifting.

It will also provide support for sports that do have their own physiotherapists, helping teams after training or competition.

Finally, with a combined 10 Olympic Games and 14 Commonwealth Games under their belts, the team will act as clinical consultants to some of the less experienced sport-specific physiotherapists.

Ian, who is the English Institute of Sport’s regional technical lead physiotherapist for the North of England, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be selected for the headquarters physiotherapy team and looking forward to doing my best to help Team GB win as many medals as possible.

“The London 2012 Olympic Games will be a fantastic event and it will be a real privilege to see it from a position so close to the action.”

Ian has worked with sports such as athletics, swimming, gymnastics, badminton, hockey, taekwondo and cycling and a Commonwealth Games, a Junior Commonwealth Games and a World University Games.

He previously worked with the Rugby Football Union and attended numerous international tournaments.

Dr Helena Johnson, chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said:

“Physiotherapists will play a crucial role in ensuring athletes at next year’s Games are in peak condition to compete and hopefully secure medals and personal bests.

“Ian’s skills and experience will be invaluable to Team GB athletes and also his fellow physiotherapists as the Games progress.

“It is a tremendous achievement to be selected and being a member of the team promises to be the experience of a lifetime.”

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Notes for Editors:

  1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 51,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.


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