Meet the Stormers’ physiotherapist!

Published on August 31st, 2011
Meet the Stormers' physiotherapist!

What exactly do you do?  
I’m the team physiotherapist for the Stormers and Western Province Currie Cup teams.  My main responsibilities are injury prevention and treatment of the team.

How did you get here?  
I started working in club rugby in 1995, progressing to WP u19, u21, Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup and Stormers teams.  I also worked for SA Rugby with the Emerging Springboks, SA u19, SA u20, Emerging Springbok 7’s, Springbok Women and SA Rugby Amateur teams.

What are some of the subjects you needed at school to pursue a career in physiotherapy?  
Though the entrance requirements of the universities in South Africa vary, Matriculation with mathematics and physical science is required.  Life sciences is also highly recommended.

Why physiotherapy?  
Physiotherapy is a very rewarding career as there are tangible results to what we do with our patients.

What is the best part of your job?
The adrenaline rush that goes with winning a match at a packed Newlands stadium.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?   
Time management is pretty tough as I have a group of up to 40 players that I need to manage at any one time.

Were you at any stage an aspiring sportsman? 
I played competitive squash since school and still play league squash every Tuesday evening.  I also enjoy regular golf, though my aspirations may be somewhat unrealistic :)

Are there things you are still curious about? 
Working with elite sportsmen constantly poses new challenges that need answering.

You would recommend this field to someone who is…?       
…patient, responsible and able to communicate effectively.  Most importantly they must be interested and challenged by the human body.

Do you believe South Africa can win the 2011 RWC?      
Definitely!!!

Manchester or Liverpool?       
Is there a third option?

Who is your sporting hero and why?   
Natalie du Toit.  Despite incredible adversity, she has risen to the top and continues to inspire.

What are your words to live by? 
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.