Cate at the Team GB IPC World Championship Holding Camp

Hi All!

For those of you who read my previous blog from the GB Wheelchair racing warm weather training camp in Gran Canaria this year, you will no doubt be delighted to hear that I am now lucky enough to be in France with the Paralympics GB Track and Field team ahead of the World Championships next week. So thanks again to our Associate Partner Dr Rob Chakraverty for the honour.

The first couple of days here have been pretty manic. Most of the team flew out to our holding camp last Wednesday, with a further 8 of us arriving in the early hours of Sunday morning after a long and hot coach journey from Lyon airport. No rest for the wicked though and I was straight into a medical meeting at 9:30am followed by treatments.

The range of sports and disabilities on camp here is much wider than my previous experience in Gran Canaria. We have amputees, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, visually impaired to name but a few, competing across all athletic disciplines. The learning curve so far has been huge – getting to grips with each athlete’s individual’s needs and what they respond best to. Learning the demands of each sport is also a mammoth task but one I’m slowly getting to grips with. The rest of our medical team – Dr John Rogers, Physio Laura and the two Hannah’s our soft tissue therapists are great though and always ready to answer questions which highlights the benefits of team working, something which we pride ourselves on at SMP. However, as before, the bottom line is that the athletes are at the top of their game and need no different treatment than you or I, I just may have to think a little more laterally.

Half of the team have now headed to our Lyon base before the start of the Championships on Saturday but there is a satellite team of us still in holding camp so my job for the next few days is to maintain the physical fitness of the throwing athletes who remain here. It’s pretty hot too so keeping them on top of hydration is really important so that their performances don’t suffer.

I travel to Lyon for the Championships on Friday and am thrown into the fire of stadium work first thing Saturday morning. The event is being televised on Channel 4 and More 4 so keep your eye out – I’ll be the sweaty red one avoiding the cameras!

Cate x