Hartlepool physio will have key role at games

KEY ROLE: Hartlepool physiotherapist Martin Davies

KEY ROLE: Hartlepool physiotherapist Martin Davies

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A HARTLEPOOL physiotherapist will help to keep world-class athletes fighting fit after being selected as the top physio at a new European games next summer.

Martin Davies, who owns Active PhysioCare in the town’s Victoria Road, will swap Hartlepool for Azerbaijan.

Martin, 34, who used his physio skills at the London Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, has been chosen to be the lead physiotherapist at the first European Games in June.

He said: “I’m delighted. It is always an honour to work at a world-class games and when you are selected as the lead physio, it is an even greater honour.”

Martin, who lives at Bishop Cuthbert, in Hartlepool, will head up a team of around 50 physios who will make sure the games’ 6,000 athletes stay in top shape in 20 different sports, from karate and fencing to gymnastics and cycling.

He added: “I will be in charge of the fighting sports such as judo and wrestling and head up all the physios through the competitions and training.

“It will be the first time I will have been to Azerbaijan, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I expect it top be really hot and I will be working long shifts with back-to-back patients.

“But it should be really enjoyable at the same time.”

The dad of two, who is married to teacher Abby, 35, has built up a wealth of experience over the last 10 years.

Martin said: “I’m used to dealing with top athletes. I treat bodybuilders, world’s strongest men competitors, indoor cyclists and gymnasts.”

He will spend three and a half weeks at the games, which will be held in the country’s capital of Baku.

It is for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe and, like the Olympics, will take place every four years.

The games will get underway with a glittering opening ceremony on June 12.