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Physio volunteers at Games in honour of 9/11 cousin

23 August 2013 - 3:48pm

A physio who took part in the recent World Police and Fire Games held this month in Belfast did so in memory of her hero cousin, killed in 9/11.


Petrina Scullion: 'I wanted to honour my cousin Tommy Foley, a New York firefighter who died in 9/11'

Petrina Scullion, who works for the Queen's Sport, part of Queen's University Belfast, said:  'One of the main reasons I wanted to get involved was in honour of my cousin Tommy Foley who was a New York fire fighter who died in 9/11.'

A physiotherapist specialising in sports injury, Ms Scullion was assigned to the New Zealand rugby sevens team who won the competition.

'Most of the team were firefighters from Auckland and they were so dedicated,' she says.

'They did the haka before every game...and it was my job to work with them in the dressing room on game days, I did a lot of strapping up and stretching work with them,' she adds.

When it came to the medal ceremony the team insisted that she also go up to the podium and receive a gold medal which she has dedicated to her cousin.

Rather than taking a well-earn rest this season, as well as her work at Queen's Sport, Ms Scullion will be working as lead physiotherapist for ice hockey team the Belfast Giants.

‘Ultimately I love what I do and I love being a physiotherapist,' she says.

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