Physio Natalie’s Olympic dreams will all come true

HELPING OUT Natalie Stephenson will be a physio with Team GB at the London Olympics.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (111428-2)

HELPING OUT Natalie Stephenson will be a physio with Team GB at the London Olympics. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111428-2)

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PHYSIO Natalie Stephenson will be helping to keep Team GB’s Olympic sailors shipshape this summer.

The 29-year-old was chosen from over 1,000 applicants to land a place on the physiotherapy team.

TEAM GB Sailor Penny Clark from Hayling Island

TEAM GB Sailor Penny Clark from Hayling Island

The team, which will be made up of physios from around the country, will be on stand-by at a mobile health clinic ready to tend nagging injuries elite sailors pick up while they’re at sea at Weymouth in July.

Natalie, of Denmead, was picked by Olympic officials following a series of interviews and tests.

She said: ‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with top-class athletes.

‘I normally treat up to 13 people a day at my clinic for everyday muscle injuries.

‘I’ve had experience working with local sports clubs, but this is going to be at another level.’

Natalie, who runs her own physiotherapy clinic, Physio-Logical, in Havant, graduated from Brunel University, Middlesex, in 2003 before setting up her private clinic.

She will join the physiotherapy squad a month before the Olympics this summer for a training session which will prepare them for the road ahead.

‘I’m feeling nervous about it all but I know the experience is going to be amazing,’ she said.

‘I hope I’ll learn new techniques and ways of treating people from others on the team. I can then use all that extra knowledge and take it back to my business.’

‘My family and friends are all delighted for me. They think my hard work has paid off.

‘Being a physiotherapist is something I’ve always wanted to do.’

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