THREE physiotherapists will be swapping their jobs in Hartlepool for posts at one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.
Femke Nauschutz, Ryan Pearson and Eoin Carroll - all employed by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust - have been selected to work at the Commonwealth Games this summer.
They were picked from thousands of applicants, following a rigorous 18 month process. Their role will be to provide assessment and treatment for athletes and Games officials from more than 70 countries.
All three have previously worked at major events in the sporting calendar.
Femke, who is the lead physiotherapist treating the marathon runners and road cyclists, worked at the London Olympics. She said: “I had always dreamed of working at the Olympics and, now I have been chosen to work at the Commonwealth Games, this will only add to the experience I gained there.”
Ryan will spend 10 days working in the athletes village. He said: “It will be an incredible experience working at such a high profile event, treating some of the most elite athletes in the world.”
Eoin will spend seven days helping treat injured players taking part in the rugby sevens.
He said: “This is something we all do for free and pay for ourselves – but we know how lucky we are to have been chosen and we are grateful to the trust for being so supportive.”
Games physiotherapists need to have been qualified for a minimum of four years and work as part of team.
Therapy services lead Steve Pett said: “We are delighted that Femke, Ryan and Eoin have been selected.”