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Commonwealth Games reflection - Kate Watson GC2018 Blog

27 April 2018

With the close of the Commonwealth Games – there’s been a chance to reflect on what has been an amazing 3 weeks.

I was fortunate to take on the role as a lead physio in the Poly (Medical) clinic located inside the athletes’ village. The Polyclinic runs 24/7, offering health services including medicine, physiotherapy, dental, optometry, nursing, podiatry and massage to any athlete from any nation.

The clinic was well set up with x-ray facilities and ultrasound scans available onsite – and we essentially operated as a mini triage hospital with the back ground support of the larger local hospitals. There’s been a real team approach to athlete care and some fantastic opportunities to share knowledge between health providers from other nations through in-service presentations.

I felt very privileged to be working alongside some incredible professionals who have come from around the world offering their expertise to help athletes compete at their best.

There was a great atmosphere within the clinic. The sounds of multiple languages filled our waiting room, flags from each of the 71 Commonwealth countries were proudly hung and there was a real buzz as competitors came and went, ready to prove themselves on a world stage.     

For some athletes, the clinic offered the first opportunity they have had for a full medical review. The injuries seen are typical of those in sporting populations such as shoulder injuries, hamstring strains and rolled ankles.

What was different, are the stories of how some athletes have overcome extreme adversity and had to self-manage chronic injuries to get to the point of being able to compete at the Games. Despite this, these athletes are so positive and they are produced some amazing results!   

Royalty, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries came through to thank staff for their work.

By far the best thanks come from the athletes who returned to the clinic having achieved PBs or to show off their medals! The experience of working at the Commonwealth games within such a great team was amazing, and I have left with many wonderful memories and life-long friendships made with others from all over the world.

Kate Watson
QAS Performance Health Coordinator

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27 April 2018