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Physios join team for paralympics

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 09, 2012

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A HUSBAND and wife will be at the thick of the sporting action this summer when they are physiotherapists at the Paralympic games.

Ali Glover and Brett Nagata, who run the Achilles Heal physiotherapy and sports injury clinic in Mill Bank will be heading to London in August to treat athletes taking part in the games.

The couple have a wealth of experience having been involved in several events including the Bejiing Paralympics in 2008.

They actually met at the Sydney games in 2000 and also went to the Athens games in 2004.

It will be Ali’s fourth Paralympics with the GB team while husband Brett will be with his native team Canada, having been the athletic therapist for the Canadian wheelchair basketball team since 1998.

He was a member of the core medical team at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and the 1998 Ontario Winter Games.

Ali has also worked with the England hockey, rugby, badminton, cycling and athletics teams.

For all her experience Ali is excited to be involved in the London 2012 event.

“It’s great fun but very hard work with long days. It will be amazing to be there with the British support. There’s going to be a lot more pressure for the athletes, a lot of expectation.” The once in a lifetime event has also thrown up a dilemma for the couple who have a six-year-old daughter.

“It means us both being away for three weeks which we have never had to do before. “My mum is volunteering at the Paralympics and she’s normally our biggest support so we are just trying to put things in place. We are never going to have a home games again.” The Paralympics take place from August 29 to September 9.

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