After scooping five medals at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships, British Gymnastics announce their plans to step things up for success at the London 2012 Olympics Games, by further developing sport science and medical services within their elite programme
Louise Fawcett will join the English Institute of Sport (EIS) as Head of Sport Science and Medicine for British Gymnastics this week, coordinating support services for the World Class funded Olympic Performance programme.
“I am delighted to be embarking on this exciting opportunity with the EIS and British Gymnastics” says Fawcett, who joins the EIS with 17 years of experience as a qualified chartered physiotherapist.
“Having worked within high performance sport for many years, having the opportunity to coordinate support services for such an exciting Olympic sport is a great challenge” she adds.
Fawcett has spent the last 11 years working full time in high performance sport, previously as a senior physiotherapist for the World Class Badminton programme, Lead Physiotherapist for the national Women’s Football teams as well as more recently at Liverpool Football Club. She has also provided physiotherapy care with British squads at the World University Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games and has worked closely with a wide range of sports.
Being employed through the EIS will allow Fawcett to work closely across the network with EIS practitioners and allow her to progress the sport-specific support programmes for Women’s and Men’s Artistic and Trampolining programmes, developing performance-impacting support to coaches and athletes around the country.
Links between British Gymnastics and the EIS will be confirmed in a Partnership Agreement, which will include a Memorandum of Understanding as to how the two organisations will work and what they should expect of each other.
Tim Jones, British Gymnastics Performance Director said:
“This is a hugely significant appointment for British Gymnastics. The outstanding amount of Olympic experience that Louise brings to the post will be extremely beneficial, and will help ensure that we manage the health and welfare of our gymnasts to the highest degree possible between now and London 2012. The partnership that we are developing with the EIS will be of considerable benefit to British Gymnastics and our Olympic Programmes.”
David Tillotson, EIS Regional Director for the Central region and EIS lead for Gymnastics added:
“We are pleased to welcome such experience and talent from Louise to the EIS and to be furthering our relationship with British Gymnastics by employing her as their Head of Sport Science and Medicine. Ensuring the EIS delivers world class services across the programme over the next Olympic cycle is paramount and we are looking forward to building on our relationships with the coaches and athletes in order to do so.”
Michele Hammond, UK Sport’s Performance Advisor to gymnastics said: “It is fantastic that British Gymnastics have appointed this role in partnership with the EIS to ensure coordination of sports science and medical service delivery to their athletes. Louise will be ensuring the needs of all gymnasts on the World Class Performance Programme can be met as we work to build on the success of the sport in Beijing and at the recent European Championships.”