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Physio gets top medical job for Commonwealth Games

25 August 2011 - 5:06pm

A physiotherapist has been appointed head of medical services for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

File 101184Physio Liz will be responsible for the health and wellbeing of 6,500 athletes and officials

Liz Mendl will oversee the planning and delivery of all medical services including the management of the anti-doping programme.

She will be responsible for the health and wellbeing of 6,500 athletes and officials, as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators and volunteers attending the Games.

High performance

Ms Mendl is currently high-performance manager, responsible for sport-specific programmes including Paralympic and winter sports, at sportscotland Institute of Sport.

‘I am thrilled to be appointed,’ said Ms Mendl. ‘As a physiotherapist, I recognise that it is fantastic they recognise the skills of physiotherapy - communication and organisational skills, also integrity.

‘It’s an enormous challenge and we have the one opportunity to get it right.’

London 2012

Ms Mendl will be heavily involved with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as venue medical manager for 13 sports based at the ExCel centre. She is also assisting with the recruitment of physiotherapists for London 2012.

She hopes that physios who experienced the London Games will take their skills on to Glasgow.

‘I’m hoping that we can use Frontline to enthuse and recruit volunteers to do physio for Glasgow,’ she said.

Wealth of experience

Glasgow 2014’s acting chief executive, David Grevemberg, said: ‘Liz brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked on four Commonwealth Games and four Winter Olympics. Her knowledge of world-class sporting events, combined with her background in physiotherapy and high-performance sport, will be invaluable to us.

‘Liz will build key relationships with the medical services community in Scotland, which will be vital in delivering this important remit.’

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