Bridget’s Baku Bulletin

Bridget has recently returned from working at the first European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The European Games involved 6,000 athletes in 20 sports over 17 competition days. Eleven of the sports offered qualification opportunities for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: Athletics, Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball and Wrestling.

During her time at The Games, Bridget provided medical cover for Athletics, Taekwondo, Karate, Fencing, Wrestling and Water Polo. As you can imagine, this enabled her to see many of the training and competition venues as well as parts of Baku city en-route to work. The average temperature in Baku varied between 30-36◦C, so it was good to have the variety of indoor and outdoor sports.

Whilst working at the varied venues she was involved in setting up the medical centres and treating athletes from all the participating countries.

Bridget says;

“It was a great honour to be selected as part of the Physiotherapy Team for the first European Games in Baku. I was lucky to work with a fabulous multi-disciplinary medical team, and whilst it was hard work, it was thoroughly rewarding and a great experience. It was great to see our GB athletes win Gold/Silver/Bronze medals in the sports I worked in; Jade Jones, Charlie Maddock, Lutalo Muhammad (Taekwondo), Brin Bevann (Gymnastics), Kate Driscoll (Trampoling), Ryan Barlett and Hannah Baugh (Acrobatic pair), Richard Kruse, Alex Tofalides, Marcus Mepstead and Ben Peggs (Fencing Foil Team) – and to top it off the last medal ceremony that I saw went to the GB Men’s Foil Fencing Team. Well done to all!

Baku was a great experience I will always remember and I thank all those I worked with and Baku for hosting the first ever European Games.’’

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