Having been a sports coach for over ten years, helping athletes and people achieve their goals has been rewarding. Applying my coaching skills to a treatment keeps me on my toes and up-to-date with the techniques of different sports, and also how people move around on a daily basis. I have a strong relationship with the university boat club and colleges along the river in Cambridge.
I learned to row in Cambridge at fourteen, and have been involved in high-performance rowing for over ten years, after getting injured as a gymnast. I also love a challenge and currently have run the London marathon, cycled the Prudential RideLondon 100 and rowed the Boston Rowing Marathon.
London 2012: In 2012 I was a London Olympic Games maker. I worked in athlete services liaising with athletes and team managers to make the experience for athletes as enjoyable as possible. Dealing with international stars, I had to remain calm and professional sorting through problems on the spot. It was during this time I realised I wanted to work with sports injuries.
British Rowing: In 2013 I became a Henley Steward’s Charitable Trust coach, working to help rowing clubs connect with their local community to improve the junior rowing participation. During this scholarship, I studied for my Diploma in Sports Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University London. It was in this job I learned about how to apply my knowledge of injury to my coaching and vice versa.
Milton Keynes Physio: In 2015 I began my placement at Milton Keynes Physiotherapy and went on to join in 2016. At this clinic, I worked with a variety of clients performing massage and rehabilitation. It was during this placement I discovered my love for understanding the technique of other sports through clients, including netball, golf, archery, triathlon and many more. By understanding the technique and physiological requirements of the sport we began to get huge improvements in clients recovery, working alongside the physiotherapist.
Cambridge University Lightweights: For the past three years I have worked with the Cambridge University Lightweights as a massage therapist. The team has currently one each year that I have worked with them, and this would not have been possible without having such a close network between the athletes, coaches, and myself. It was during my time working with the Lightweights that I discovered how detrimental sitting during work has upon the body, whether at a desk, hunched over on a sofa or simply in lectures. Most of my time working with the athletes was educating them how to look after themselves during the day in-between training sessions (prehab) as well as treating the whole team for pre- and post-race massage.
Cancer Massage: In 2017 I met a few clients who were regularly participating in a sport or had previously been very active, now undergoing cancer treatment. It was these clients who inspired me to qualify in oncology massage, as I wanted to be able to treat clients who are undergoing treatment and post-treatment with confidence.