THIS time last year Hartlepool physio Martin Davies was working at the Olympics - an “incredible” experience which has opened doors and led to a hugely successful last 12 months.
The hardworking 33-year-old provided the Mail with a diary during his time in London, which he described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience he will never forget.
But as well as getting the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest athletes at the biggest sporting spectacle on the globe, working at the Olympics kickstarted a “great” year for Martin.
Over the last 12 months the physio, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, has worked with a number of international athletes including one of Britain’s best indoor cyclists, a professional cage fighter, England ladies golf captain and junior members of England’s gymnastics team.
Martin’s business, Active PhysioCare which is based in Victoria Road, in the town, is now also working in partnership with sporting governing bodies’ sports science departments and is the sole provider to all 13 teams in the Hartlepool Sporting Association.
“We’ve just gone from strength to strength since the Olympics,” said Martin, who lives with wife Abby, 33, and their two children Isobelle, four, and Joseph who is just short of his first birthday.
“The clinic has got so much busier with everyone from the general public and recreational sports people through to international athletes.”
Twelve months on and Martin admits it still feels quite surreal to have played a part in the hugely successful home Olympics, which started in incredible fashion with the opening ceremony a year gone yesterday.
“When I see the montages on TV and the clips from last year I still get goosebumps,” he added.
“The atmosphere is something that nobody who was there will ever forget, it was just incredible.
“I still don’t think I quite realise how lucky I was to be there working at our home Olympics.”
Martin is in no doubt that working with the Olympians last year and the elite international athletes since has brought him on as a physio.
And now he is hoping to secure a spot at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and has already been through an interview process.
He is also thoroughly enjoying working alongside Hartlepool Sporting Association and says the sporting future of the town is in good hands.
“There are a lot of talented young sportsmen and women in the town,” he said.
“And it’s fantastic for them to be able to access the same treatment and facilities what the elite international athletes get.
“We might be looking at youngsters who are competing in the Olympics eight or 12 years down the line.”