A WESTBURY chiropractor is counting down the days until she takes on her role at the sailing village in Portland, near Weymouth, for the Paralympic Games.
Kay Pearce, of Maristow Chiropractic Clinic, will be part of the team of health professionals covering the sailing events at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. The central medical unit is a multidisciplinary team which will provide medical support to athletes and support staff from around the world during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Chiropractors like Kay have been included in the team for the first time this year.
There were 18,000 applicants to volunteer for 4,000 roles within the medical services team of which there are 500 physical therapists (physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports massage practitioners and osteopaths).
Kay said, “To be part of this event at any level is tremendously exciting, but the chance to work with the best paralympic athletes from around the world is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a massive honour to be selected from so many applications.”
Kay undertook induction training at the sailing venue in Portland saying, “It is a fantastic site with all the supplies and equipment we will need to treat the athletes. After the event, the building that we are treating in will be a school for the local area. I am very excited about being a part of the team!”