London calling for physio Stephenson

Natalie Stephenson is in the final 200 to be a physio with team GB at the London Olympics
Natalie Stephenson is in the final 200 to be a physio with team GB at the London Olympics
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Natalie Stephenson is one step closer to her Olympic dream.

The 29-year-old is determined to fight off her rivals and win selection to the Great Britain team for London 2012.

But – if picked – the Waterlooville ace will not be contesting the medals next summer.

She won’t be bellowing the national anthem out on the podium.

No. Instead, Stephenson will be tasked with keeping our medal hopefuls fighting fit for the games.

And the Havant-based physiotherapist wouldn’t have it any other way.

Over 1,000 professionals from all corners of the country applied for 200 positions at London 2012.

Stephenson has already beaten off many of these with success in the initial selection process – the interview stage at the capital’s Excel.

And with eight years experience behind her, she has a great chance of realising her dream.

After following her sister into the industry, Stephenson has pocketed plenty of experience working with elite athletes.

With spells at Basingstoke Rugby Club and treating runners at the London Marathon, she has a broad background and looks an ideal candidate to keep our athletes firing on all cylinders.

Stephenson is competing for a voluntary post, where she will be required to work a minimum of 10 days.

The role will consist of making assessments and treatments before and after Olympic events.

And she is relishing the opportunity to use her skills with Olympic athletes, while is not concerned about which event she will be given.

‘I played lots of sport and I like working with all types of sport,’ said Stephenson.

‘My sister graduated from Brunel University with a physiotherapy degree and she said I’d really love to do it – so I did!

‘I could be assigned to either a specific team or I could work on a variety of different sports.

‘I made a preference to work on the athletics but I’m happy to do whatever they give me really.’

After seeing an advert in a physiotherapist magazine, Stephenson applied in October and was asked to attend an interview on the April 2.

At the interview she was asked how she would deal with a weightlifter wanting to compete two days after suffering a back spasm.

‘I would have to assess each injury individually and carry out a full assessment looking for potential serious injuries,’ she said.

‘I have to deal with back spasms a lot in my day-to-day work.

‘I’m very confident with dealing with them.’

Throughout this summer Natalie will be called on to attend various events where the Olympic Committee are carrying out testing.

For details on Natalie’s company Physio-Logical visit or call 07835 712306.