The FHT Excellence Awards showcase how you, our members, are making a difference to people living in your local community – from helping clients to improve their health and wellbeing, to providing tailored learning and support to students and qualified therapists.
After the unprecedented year we have all experienced, and the ongoing pandemic, it has never been more important to recognise the many ways professional therapists can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of others.
2020 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year, John Molyneux, shared his story about how the award has so far benefited his career.
John said, ‘I have worked solo as a mobile therapist for my entire career. Working alone suited me but it has always been a great comfort (a safety net) to have such a friendly and professional organisation like the FHT behind me. For 20 years, that’s all I have needed: my FHT membership and someone to back me up or advise me when necessary. However, life changed and so did I. I started trying to break into the corporate world but had no visibility and no exposure. I realised that my contentment in working alone had actually held me back and outside of my client bubble, no one knew my name. I was trying to promote my first book and new website but no one would listen or showed any interest. Companies just wouldn’t return my emails.
‘Then the pandemic hit and we went into lockdown. I did my bit within the community, got nominated for the award and won. Being able to call myself “an award winning therapist” changed everything. It brought credibility and doors started to open for me. I have been on a massive, exciting journey since I won and it keeps getting better. More importantly however, for the first time, I can see how important it is to be part of a team, how there is a wealth of knowledge and support out there, all you have to do is ask!
Have you helped an athlete transition from a debilitating injury to full recovery?
Has an inspirational colleague really raised the bar in sports therapy excellence?
Do you work as part of a team that works with professional athletes, providing vital pre- and post-event treatments or pitch-side support?
Perhaps you have given an athlete the tools to overcome mental and physical challenges that resulted from injury?
Maybe you know a therapist whose injury prevention strategies have helped sports people continue to perform at the highest level?