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Glasgow games recovery centre dedicated to Keri

24 July 2014 - 11:18am

Four hundred volunteer CSP members begin work with international athletes today, as the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow.


Head of medical services Liz Mendl pictured at the polyclinic. Photo: Glasgow 2014

Many will be based in the polyclinic in the athletes’ village where the dedicated recovery room has been named in memory of a physio who died last month in a road accident aged 36.

Keri Holdsworth, who worked at the University of Edinburgh’s Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries Centre (FASIC), was due to volunteer at the games. She died on 14 June.

Polyclinic clinical manager Lynn Booth told Frontline: ‘After the building was completed we heard the tragic news and it was decided by medical services head Liz Mendl and colleagues to rename the facility the Holdsworth Recovery Centre in Keri’s honour.

‘There would have been a lot of people here, working in sport and sports medicine, who would have known Keri well.’

File 131303 Keri Holdsworth also played rugby, with 15 caps for Scotland and a place in the 2010 Women’s World Cup

Ms Holdsworth, who studied physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, was physio for both Watsonians rugby union club and the Scottish Rugby Union.

She also played rugby, collecting 15 caps for Scotland and competing in the Women’s World Cup in 2010.

Treena Shaw, manager at FASIC told the Edinburgh Evening News: ‘Keri was an exceptionally good clinician, who was highly respected by fellow professionals, athletes and patients.

'Her knowledge and experience in sports medicine meant that she was in high demand across all sports, most notably in the university’s performance programmes’.

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