Over nearly 25 years as a physio I have seen around 50 patients every week. That is over 50,000 assessment and treatment sessions. Most of them have been with athletes. I knew as a 14 year old that I wanted to be a physio. I have always loved sport but not ever been any good at it. Physio has enabled me to be involved at the elite end and I am grateful to have known so many dedicated individuals and been part of their endeavours.
I have worked with Sonia and Louise in particular for over 15 years, through thick and thin. Top performance is not easy and the ‘red line’ is easily stepped over.
I was lucky to be asked to set up the physio part of the UK’s first high performance centre for athletics at Loughborough in 1999. What started out as me treating athletes in a changing room developed into the purpose built HIPAC that houses British athletics today. I ran the physio dept. alongside my role as clinical lead for the 250 athletes in the east midlands for the English Institute of Sport.
Having been involved in the build up to Atlanta and then going to the Sydney and Athens Olympics I decided that I had spent enough time away from my family so concentrated on shorter trips and my input into athletes from the practice in Northampton. I went to 16 years of World and European Cross Country Championships as well as numerous world and European track championships. I continue in a consultative role.
Prior to this I worked at one of the country’s most prestigious ballet schools as well as consultation roles with England Rugby and Godolphin racing stables.
Witty, Pask and Buckingham is one of the country’s largest physio practices with 15 physios. I am very proud of the quality of service and reputation for clinical excellence and integrity that we have.
The Performance Team was my idea that built from a throw away comment by Dr John Rogers about doing what we love in a nice warm place with a few super keen athletes. My wife and I had been friends with Ian and Jules Dyckhoff for many years and when they moved to Domaine Lavie three years ago I wondered if it might work out. Having developed the clinical ideas and taken advice from Andy and Sonia about training requirements I visited and ticked every box. Thus Performance Team was born. The perfect combination of personnel and place.