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Westport physio heads to London Olympics

Physios Michelle Biggins, Mary Walsh and Sinéad Moffatt are off to London this week to help out at the Olympic Games.
Physios Michelle Biggins, Mary Walsh and Sinéad Moffatt are off to London this week to help out at the Olympic Games.

Westport physio heads to the London Olympics

Ciara Galvin

Westport chartered physiotherapist Mary Walsh will travel today (Tuesday) to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Ms Walsh, who lives in Westport and works at Westport Physiotherapy and Accupunture Clinic, will be volunteering at the Velodrome, providing physiotherapy to track cyclists at the venue.
Walsh won’t be the only volunteer representing the county, with fellow chartered physiotherapists Sinéad Moffatt, Ballina, and Michelle Biggins, Glencorrib, also making the trip to the games.
Ms Biggins, who works in Oranmore, will be volunteering at the polyclinic and the athletes village, while Ms Moffatt, who works at the Beacon Hospital, Dublin, will be at the Olympic Village and the Maysebrook Stadium.
Around 20,000 medical professionals applied for volunteering positions, with about 4,000 ‘designated medical volunteer’ positions up for grabs.
Ms Walsh, who has ‘always loved’ the Olympics, said being chosen to volunteer is ‘a complete dream come true’.
During her career, Ms Walsh has gained sports-injury experience while working with Mayo and Galway GAA and the IRFU.
Speaking about the role of medical volunteers such as herself, Walsh explains that they are needed in some events where teams cannot afford to spare a physiotherapist or doctor for just one competitor.
“The [track-cycling] event is a massive medal prospect for Team Great Britain so they will have plenty of medical personnel at the venue. Whereas Team Ireland have only one competitor, Martin Irvine, so that’s where we come in.”
With London on a high security alert, Walsh is prepared for the measures. “I have an accreditation to access certain areas, but not into the Olympic stadium. The measures are for everyone’s protection, that is all part of the deal. Security is needed to make the games safer and more enjoyable for everyone.”
Walsh is travelling over early, well before the track cycling takes place, as she must be present at practice events and take part in venue-specific training. The opening ceremony will take place this Friday, July 27, with the track cycling event running from August 1 to August 7. She is daughter of Stephen and Brídin Walsh, Westport.

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