Paula Peralta (Principal Physiotherapist in our Penrith rooms) has arrived in the Commonwealth Games Village on the Gold Coast and has joined The Australian Commonwealth Games Team Medical Team . Whilst it is still some days before competition starts some of the smaller teams have started arriving including the Australian boxing and weightlifting teams.
Nathanial (from our Penrith rooms) has just returned after spending a week away with the U/17 Women’s Softball NSW state team competing in the National championship held at Blacktown International Sports Park. The team were very successful going through the week undefeated, bringing home the Esther Deason Shield. The team also took out the best batter, pitcher and player of the grand final awards as well as 2 players getting picked in the all-tournament team.
Nathanial thoroughly enjoyed his time working with the team. “It was an awesome opportunity to work with some of Australia’s best young and upcoming softballers. The management team was fantastic to work with as well, they all thoroughly understood the game and knew how to get the best out of their team which was evident all week.”
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
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).
Nathanial (from our Penrith rooms) has just returned after spending a week away with the U/19 Women’s Softball NSW state team competing in the National championship held in Queensland. The team were successful going through the week undefeated and bringing home the Elinor Mckenzie Shield. They scored a staggering 93 runs for with only 3 against in the rounds, won MVP, Pitcher and Batter of the final as well as getting 4 players into the All Stars team.
Nathanial thoroughly enjoyed his time working with the team. “It was an awesome opportunity to work with some of Australia’s best Softballers of their age. The management team was fantastic to work with as well, they really understood the need and load of every player and how to best manage them throughout the week. The end result was out of this world, to go through not only undefeated, wining the shield but to have such a staggering for and against record just shows the talent of the players and the staff.”