Martin to live Olympic dream

Physiotherapist Martin Davies.
Physiotherapist Martin Davies.

A TOWN physio is set to spend his summer with the world’s finest athletes after securing a place at the London Olympics.

Martin Davies, 32, said he was “over the moon” when he received confirmation that he had been chosen as one of the specialists to work at the greatest sporting event on the planet.

And in a further boost, Martin was then told that he will be based in the athletes’ village, in the capital.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said the physio who works at Active Physio Care, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, and other clinics throughout the North-East.

“I was over the moon to get chosen in the first place but then to find out I am going to be based in the Olympic village, it’s brilliant.

“Some people will be posted in the velodrome or in different cities for the other sports, but it’s going to be excellent to be there with all the athletes.

“To be chosen to be part of a home Olympics, it’s a dream.”

Martin, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, said between 60 and 70 per cent of the athletes competing at the Games will not have their own physios, so the role of the town specialist and his colleagues at the event will be vital.

He is also preparing himself to have to cope with a bit more pressure than usual.

“We will be treating athletes just a couple of hours before the biggest race or event of their career, so there is going to be pressure,” added Martin, who lives with wife, Abby, 32, and their daughter, Isobelle, two.

“But to be around the world’s best athletes, to be sharing the village with people like Usain Bolt, it’s going to be fantastic.”

Martin studied sports science before landing a role as a physio. He now works closely with a number of swimmers and bodybuilders as well as other sports people from different events.

He also recently achieved a post graduate diploma in manual therapy, which he believes, combined with his sporting background, helped him secure a spot at the Olympics.

Martin applied for the role last year and attended an initial interview.

He didn’t find out at the time whether he had been successful, but later got an email confirming his place.

He is now set for a week’s training course in the capital next month before final preparations ahead of the Games, which get underway with the opening ceremony on July 27.