Category: Paula Peralta

Paula Heads to Rio for the Paralympics

Paula Peralta (Principal Physiotherapist) from our Penrith rooms arrived in Rio on the 31st August after a medical handover with the Australian team and a mini-break to Argentina in between.   Below is a recount of her time in Rio:  I arrived with the first athletes into the Paralympic Village. We are in a different building than the Olympic team was and it has been reasonably smooth sailing since we arrived. Over the past 6 days it has been a huge privilege to meet so many different athletes in our team that have worked so hard to get to Rio. It has also been rewarding to see the athletes I have worked with over the past few years in boccia, shooting and track and field achieve their dream of being here and strive for that gold medal.

Whilst there has been many amazing performances so far I will single out a few:
· Katie Kelly winning gold in paratriathlon which has made its debut in these Games. Katie’s guide was Michellie Jones who is infamous in the world of triathlon and won silver in Sydney in triathlon’s debut in the Olympic Games.
· Taylor Doyle won silver in long jump yesterday and her infectious personality and enthusiasm saw a number of victory dances in the village on return.
· The cool, calm Sam von Einem won silver yesterday in table tennis in a very close, hard fought match against his World number 1 ranked opponent.

It is difficult to single out a few performances as many athletes have achieved a PB- whether that has resulted in a medal and you cannot ask for any more than that.We look forward to sailing, canoeing and wheelchair rugby starting tomorrow and will hopefully send an update through soon!

Paula @ Aussie HQ

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The Netball Finals Are Here

The ANZ Championships final series is in full swing with the top 4 teams fighting off this weekend for a spot in the grand final. The Queensland Firebirds will play the Southern Steel in Brisbane on Sunday night and  the NSW Swifts will play the WBOP Magic in the semi-final in Hamilton on Monday night.

Team Physiotherapists for the NSW Swifts Paula Peralta and Daniel Vukovic (pictured) have been busy getting the girls game ready.   We wish them all the best for a good win on the weekend.

(Photo courtesy of Narelle Spangher Photography).

Commonwealth Youth Games

Paula Peralta, Physiotherapist from our Penrith Practice, has been in Singapore with the Australian Commonwealth Youth Games team for the past week.

Paula has been working predominantly with the track and field team who have had an incredibly successful week in hot and humid conditions.

Competition in Samoa wraps up tomorrow with Australia competing for gold in both women’s and men’s rugby sevens.

Australia currently sits behind England on the medal tally with 23 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The Practice is proud of the work we do with elite sporting teams.


Australian Diamonds at Netball World Cup

It has been a huge week for the Australian Netball Diamonds retaining the number one world ranking defeating the New Zealand Silverferns by three yesterday.

This week brought back many memories for practice principal Sean Mungovan who was the Diamonds Physiotherapist four years ago in Singapore.

Paula Peralta has worked with the Diamonds in 2015 and couldn’t be happier to have played a part in this team.

It has also been a huge week for Nathanial Harnett who was one of a few volunteer Physiotherapists covering the Netball World Cup.

Netball World Cup 2015

Pictured:  Paula Peralta, Sean Mungovan & Practice Manager – Ellen Russell

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Pictured:  Nathanial from our Penrith Practice side line at the Netball World Cup

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Pictured: Paula Peralta & with the gold medalist Caitlin Thwaites (GS Diamonds)




2015 Netball Round Up: Swifts and PDNA State Championships

Netball NSW Swifts

Paula Peralta (Penrith Clinic), Daniel Vukovic (Westmead Clinic) and Samantha Rand (Practice Dietician) have recently finished the season with the NSW Swifts. Unfortunately the Swifts succumbed to the Queensland Firebirds in the final 15 seconds of the game, going down 57-56.