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Physiotherapist helps Australian rowers go for gold

By Karen Keast | Date Updated:

Physiotherapist Kellie Wilkie is travelling with the Australian rowing team.

It was an injury sustained while swimming competitively as a teenager that propelled Kellie Wilkie into a career in physiotherapy.

Now, Kellie has been named as the physiotherapist overseeing the Australian rowing team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Kellie, who has a private practice Bodysystem Physio in Hobart, is now working with the team in northern Italy as it prepares to go for gold.

“I feel extremely privileged to be a member of the Australian Olympic team,” she said.

“In all honesty, I set myself a goal of achieving this when I was a student.

“However, as a student I had very little appreciation of the experience, the time commitment, the knowledge base and the extra post graduate

study needed to achieve this goal.

“Assisting athletes with such personal drive and commitment to be the best that they can be is what I enjoy the most.”

Kellie first worked with Australian swimmers but then became involved in rowing in 2004, when the Tasmanian Institute of Sport asked her to travel to the Franklin to work with the men’s light weight four selected to represent Australia at the Athens Olympics.

Kellie then looked after the national crews based in Hobart, and while she continued to travel nationally and internationally with swimming until 2006, she committed to her first rowing trip in 2008 and has travelled with the national rowing teams ever since.

Kellie said working with the Australian rowing team overseas involved long days while treatments required a multi-disciplinary approach with the team doctor, massage therapist, psychologist and physiologist.

Kellie, who is a mum to two six-year-old twin boys, has also been able to combine the best of both worlds, taking her family travelling with her as she supports the Australian rowing team on its quest for Olympic glory.

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