The FHT is proud to share some of our members’ involvement in the Olympics and Paralympics…

At our recent FHT 50th anniversary training congress and exhibition, we were delighted that some of our members came forward to tell us about their involvement with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, from an Olympic torchbearer, to sports therapists forming part of wider medical teams to support athletes.

Those who attended the drinks reception on the Saturday evening of our 50th celebrations in the Kestral Suite of the Heritage Motor Centre would not have failed to have seen our FHT member in the striking Olympic torchbearer uniform and gold torch. We were delighted to invite Stan Cantrill onto the stand to talk about his role as an Olympic torchbearer and his upcoming work with footballers at the Olympics and athletes throughout the whole Paralympics. Having received a remarkable fifteen nominations, a number of which were for his therapy work, Stan was honoured to have been chosen to carry the flame through Hereford in May.

We were pleased to be able to congratulate other FHT members who told us about their imminent involvement with the Olympics and Paralympics, including Sandra Revell and Richard Argles, two sports therapists working as part of medical services teams at the Olympics and Paralympics. LOCOG, the London Olympic organisers, as the host nation is supplying medical teams for all athletes, regardless of country and sport, to provide competitors with access to the treatments they may require. The medical team services include sports medicine, dentistry, imaging, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and sports massage.

Sandra will be working at the Stratford polyclinic in the Olympic village during the Olympics, then based at Royal Artillery Barracks during the Paralympics, which is the venue for shooting and archery. Richard will be based at a polyclinic at Weymouth forming part of the wider support team for the athletes from the sailing teams, and then at the Goalball event at the Paralmpics.

Emma O’Reilly, MFHT, has been working with Olympic athletes privately in her sport clinic, treating members of the GB cycling team, including Victoria Pendleton. Cyclists appreciate Emma’s cycling background, therapy experience, and understanding of the different requirements of elite athletes. Emma is part of the athlete’s wider support team, communicating regularly with the medical team at British Cycling to ensure the provision of therapy treatments that support the athlete’s training programme and performance at competitions. 

We wish all of our members who are involved with the Olympics and Paralympics all the best, and look forward to sharing more information about their work in a later issue of International Therapist.

Are you involved?

If you are also involved in the Olympics or Paralympics, please do let us know (email, as we would love to share your work with other members.

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