A CITY sports specialist is heading for London in 2012 to help British athletes go for gold.
Penny Macutkiewicz, who is based at The Performance Clinic in the University of Sunderland’s CitySpace, has been chosen as physiotherapist for Team GB for the London Paralympics.
Since 2002 Penny has worked with leading sports people, including Olympic swimmers Joanne Jackson and Chris Cook, Sunderland Olympian Tony Jeffries, women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, Paralympic gold medallist Stephen Miller and the Newcastle Eagles basketball team.
She has previously worked with the Paralympic swimming team at the Beijing Games and this time will be in the headquarter’s physiotherapy team, which will support all GB sportsmen and women.
Penny said: “If a physio has a heavy workload due to the number of injuries in their team, or is unavailable I have to step in. So it’s about being adaptable, both in terms of different sports and the dynamics of different teams.”
Penny currently heads up The Performance Clinic, which is a specialist sports injuries clinic offering treatments and services such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation, sports massage, nutrition, physiology, psychology and sports medicine.
She said: “Having the Games in England has a real impact on British athletes. We’re working really hard to prepare our athletes as best we can, but they will be pushing themselves right to the edge and injuries are much more likely.
“I’ve been to Turin for the Winter Paralympics, and Beijing, and to the Commonwealth Games in 2002, but I’m really excited about going to London. There’s something very special about being at home for the Olympics. I can’t imagine there’ll be anything on this scale in this country in my lifetime.”
As well as her duties in London, Penny will also be busy in Sunderland with the Grenadan Olympics Team.
Twenty sportsmen and women from Grenada will be living on campus on Wearside for three weeks in the run-up to the 2012 games and will receive treatment and hold team briefings at the university, as well as utilising whatever sporting facilities they require, such as the pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre and SAFC training facilities.
The Performance Clinic is available to the public and anyone who would like to know more about the services it offers should visit www.theperformanceclinic.co.uk or call 515 2009.