Glasgow here I come, says physio Simon

Simon Eason  in his Commonwealth Games uniform outside his Garstang practice.
Simon Eason in his Commonwealth Games uniform outside his Garstang practice.

If Usain Bolt comes knocking at the door, physiotherapist Simon Eason will be ready to treat him.

The physio, who runs a practice in Garstang with wife Lynley and lives in Grimsargh, is heading for the Commonwealth Games – but for medicinal purposes only.

Simon is delighted to have been chosen to be among an elite team of physios helping at the Games, which start in Glasgow on July 23.

He volunteered and was thrilled when he was selected.

The 36-year-old explained it had been a long-standing ambition to be a helper at such a major event.

Simon, who studied at Arnold School, Blackpool, is originally from Freckleton. He and his wife opened Garstang Physiotherapy Clinic, on Bridge Street, in 2011.

He has already attended two training days for the Games and, been measured for the uniform.

Although he anticipates it will be a very rewarding experience professionally, he does not expect to see any of the actual sporting events, other than on TV.

He will be based in the athletes’ village, which will be home to some 4,500 Commonwealth sporting stars.

He said: “There will be about 2,000 medical staff and about 200 physios in the Games’ medical centre in the athletes’ village over the three weeks is open.

“They had about 2,000 applications from physios and I went for an interview.

“It’s something I’ve always been keen to have a go at. We do see a lot of sporting type injuries here (in Garstang), but you tend not to get the concentration of elite athletes!

“It’s exciting just to have the opportunity to go and work at an event like that–it’s great going to work with elite athletes.

“The kind of clinic there is anybody could turn up..through to Usain Bolt and Bradley Wiggins!

“The other thing is a lot of the medical staff are really, really good in their field.”

Simon will be there for some four days before and four days during the Games.

Away from work he is quite sporting himself, but admitted: “I’m not very good. I cycle. I play golf. I have been a footballer and cricketer and certainly physiotherapy is a job where you end up understanding a little bit about every sport; sooner or later someone comes through the door.”