Sleaford therapist selected to join London 2012 medical team
A SOFT tissue therapist from Sleaford has been selected from 250,000 applicants to become one of the Olympic 2012 medical team.
David McKee, who works out of the Natural Health Centre in Westgate could not believe his luck when it was confirmed he would be a sports massage practitioner at the games and will be providing treatments to the football teams in Coventry.
He was one of 4,000 selected from the 250,000 applicants.
Mr McKee, 40, who applied for a position in 2010, said: “I decided that I'd like to try to be involved in the London 2012 Olympics, partly as I knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at this event and also to prove to myself that I had the ability and skills to work at this elite level.
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“The process I've followed to this point has been quite a long road having first applied in the autumn 2010 along with more than 250,000 others who all wanted to become Games Makers. I eventually had a telephone interview in November 2011 with someone from the Olympic medical team which was then followed up with confirmation that I had successfully achieved the role.
“It has been a long process but now that it is getting closer, I am experiencing a level of excitement while trying to temper this to keep myself in check.
“To this point it has been a very satisfying achievement and reaffirmed to me, my knowledge and physical skills as a professionally trained sports massage practitioner.”
Mr McKee qualified as a complementary therapist through evening classes around 10 years ago, and carried out various additional studies and qualifications throughout the years including advanced sports massage.
He added: “I am greatly looking forward to a successful games and playing my part as fully as possible. I hope that I will be able to bring the experience that I gain at the games to my Sleaford clinic, improving the quality of treatments that I can offer to local people.