Those of you who watched the Virgin London Marathon on 22 April will have seen the energy, enthusiasm and sheer determination of the 35,000 runners who took part.
In the background was a massive support network, including a team of 80 physios in the final straight as well as 100 others dotted along the route.
Having spoken to the two lead physios at the event – Susie Jones and Sue Gaastra – it’s clear that both were overwhelmed by the support from, and professionalism of, the physio volunteers who took part.
Although everyone was saddened by the death of one of the runners, the pair spoke of their joy at being involved in what was, overall, such an altruistic event.
An event where the emphasis was less on winning, more on taking part; less on prizes, but more on raising funds for charity.
Like those marathon runners, CSP members are extremely determined people.
Whether you take part in industrial action over NHS pensions, or you’re one of the many physios building your own business, you give it everything you’ve got.
With the Olympics just 12 weeks away, there’s much to look forward to. In this issue, Amy Ford (pictured on the front cover) talks about the energy she’s put in as a physio with the GB women’s wheelchair basketball team.
But it’s nothing compared to the effort from the players themselves (see page 28).
Many of you are taking part in the games in a variety of capacities, not necessarily using your physio skills. Whether you’re going to be a torch bearer, or a dancer in the opening ceremony, we’d like to know about it.
We plan to publish details of members volunteering for the games, along with their photos, on our website to celebrate physios’ role in improving health and well-being.
So, if you know you’ve been selected as a games maker, go to: www.csp.org.uk/olympics and tell us all about it!
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