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


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

Chartered physiotherapist Fiona Mather 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.

Fiona, who has been head of physiotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Sport for the past eight years, 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.”

Fiona started out as the sole practitioner at the institute and now has 12 practitioners working under her.

She provides physiotherapy services to podium athletes and has travelled with sports such as swimming, athletics, curling and rugby. She has also worked for the Scottish Rugby Union.

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.

“Fiona’s skills and experience will be invaluable to Team GB athletes and also her 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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