A physiotherapist from Northampton has been helped athletes prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Mark Buckingham, the director of Witty, Pask & Buckingham Chartered Physiotherapists, has worked with eight atheletes in the build up to the Games.
In the past, Mr Buckingham was senior physiotherapist to UK Atheletes working with competitors such as Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.
Now working solely from his practice in Billing Road, Northampton, Mr Buckingham is regularly visited by some of Britain’s best athletes, and has helped a number on their journey to the Glasgow games.
Under Buckingham’s guidance, England’s Sonia Samuels, Kate Avery and Julia Bleasdale have all earned the right to tackle the Women’s 10,000m on Tuesday July 29, while Louise Damen and Amy Whitehead will both go looking for medals for England in the women’s marathon on Sunday July 27, as will Pippa Woolven in the 3km Steeplechase on Wednesday July 30. Scotland’s Laura Whittle (5,000m, August 2) and Myra Perkins (Hammer, July 27 and 28) make up the rest of Mr Buckingham’s roster, and will go for gold across the next week.
He said: “I left the UK Athletics set-up after Athens because I wanted to spend more time with my young family, but there’s nothing better than watching athletes you’ve treated go in to their events fit and healthy and raring to go, cheering them on while you know you’ve helped their journey.
“I’ll be sitting down and shouting at the television at the appropriate times over the next week hoping that everyone I have treated does themselves justice, and for some of them that will mean bringing home a medal.
“It is fantastic kudos for the practice to have elite athletes we look after competing at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, and it shows the regard we are held in. Everyone gets the same standard of treatment, whether they are ‘Jo Public’ with a sprained ankle or Mo Farah, and we’re proud to offer a high level or care for all.”