Thursday, May 24, 2012

Secretary of State visits Sport Wales

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan today popped into Sport Wales for a guided tour of the new Elite Athlete Performance Area.

She met double Olympic swimming medallist David Davies, from Barry, Paralympic athletics hopeful Aled Sion Davies from Bridgend, as well as Glasgow 2014 & Rio 2016 gymnastic hopeful Raer Theaker from Cardiff.....

They talked about London 2012, hopes for the future and also how they benefit from Sport wales' sports science and medicine experts.

There was also the opportunity to meet our team behind the team - Sport Wales' expert team of sports science and medicine specialists who help our athletes to be at their best. Here she talks to Vanessa Davies (physiologist) and Catherine Shearer (psychologist).

Jane James, one of our physiotherapists, treating Kyle Davies, a judoka.

Raer Theaker also gets treated before another training sessions. She trains about 37 hours a week!!

Aled Sion Davies has had minor hiccup in his London 2012 preparation. Senior physiotherapist Sian Knott explains how she's helping him to recover speedily!

Quick photo opportunity - not forgetting the Sports Science & Medicine mascot Gwyn the Penguin!

Kathryn Brown, Performance Nutritionist, explains how nutrition strategies help athletes be at the best...

Brian Davies, Sport Wales Institute Manager, and Physiologist Laura Needham talk through their work

And here's Joe Hewitt, our resident Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister explains why the team of experts are crucial to Wales' success on the world sporting stage....

Finally, Secretary of State writes a good luck message to the Welsh contingent competing at the London 2012 Olympic and Commonwealth Games

Thanks for popping in - hopefully see you soon! If you'd like more information on our brand new Elite Performance section of the website