Although a whole bunch of your peers headed to the Olympics as to help keep athletes fighting fit, here’s 7 physio Olympians that have competed at 1 or more Olympiads as athletes.
7. Samuel Beltz
Is a former lightweight rower and 15 time national champion. Samuel competed across two summer Olympic games in 2008 and 2012. After winning gold in the 2011 lightweight mens four Beltz finished 4th with his crew in London 2012. Samuel is the Director/Workplace Rehab Consultant at Total Workfit Solutions.
6. Fiona Milne
Australian based physiotherapist originally from Canada, Fiona competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and again in 2004 in Athens as a Rower for the Canadian team. she now works as a physio for Spinrg Physio Gym in Malvern Vic.
5. Krystal Weir
A late bloomer to sailing Krystal fought her way to the top and 7 national titles later managed to compete at the 2004 and 2008 summer Olympics. Krystal is now the director of K2 Health Physio and Pilates in Brighton Vic.
4. Jessica Trengrove
Nicknamed Trenny, Jessica was born in Naracoorte, SA where she also attended primary school and high school before attending Annesley College. Jessica has competed for Australia in distances from 5000m to Marathon and competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. Jess works as a physio in Adelaide at Physio Smart.
3. Rachel Neylan
Professional road cyclist and 2016 Rio Olympian, Rachel is a former world road race silver medallist. In 2007 as a 25 year old Rachel was working as a phyio for the Australian rowing team when she realised that she too wanted to chase the dream of becoming a professional athlete. She move from Sydney to Adelaide immediately and 5 years later was on the world championship podium.
2. Anna Wood
Anna is a dutch born Australian Sprint Canoeist who competed in an astonishingly high number of games including 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 summer Olympic games. Anna won bronze in the K2-500m events at both Seoul (1988) and Atlanta (1996). Anna works as a physio in Tugun QLD and as an AIS coach for the canoe kayak program.
1. Alicia Quirk OAM
Olympic gold medallist and professional 7s rugby union player Alicia Quirk tops the list of Olympian physios. After a strong campaign in the rugby 7s debut competition in Rio, the Australians managed a hard fought win over the New Zealand team in the gold medal match. The team was one of only eight Australian gold medal winning teams or individuals at these games. Alicia studied Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt university, Albury-Wodonga in 2013. Alicia currently works at Eastern Suburbs Sports medicine centre in Bondi Junction, NSW.