Physio helps GB team to success

AN AMBITIOUS physiotherapist used all her pain-curing expertise to help Great Britain to success at the Women’s U25’s Basketball Wheelchair World Championships.

Lisa Wiles, who is hoping to be selected for GB’s physio team at the Olympic Games next year, travelled with the squad to Canada and her healing hands worked wonders as she helped them finish third in the tournament.

The 24-year-old, of Orchid Way, Pocklington, has been a qualified physio for three years and has her own clinic in Pocklington called Hands That Heal.

She said it felt great to be part of a successful team at the championships.

“It was great. There was a really great team camaraderie. It was really amazing to be at a big world championships,” she said.

Lisa started working for GB’s basketball wheelchair programme in February last year, helping both the women and juniors.

Next year, Lisa hopes to be a member of GB’s physio team at the Olympics in London, where she would be treating some of the country’s top sports men and women.

She will find out whether she has been selected in October and is optimistic about her chances.

She said: “I’m hoping to get picked for the Olympics team next year.

“I will find out in October. Basically, I’ve been told I have got in but I have to wait for the official announcement.

“I would be there for the Olympics and Paralympics athletes.

“I would be absolutely ecstatic if I was picked. It’s a really big opportunity.”

Lisa said she first wanted to become a physio when she was at secondary school.

“I wanted to be a physio ever since I was doing my GCSEs and A-levels. I was interested in how the human body suffers,” she said.

“Sports physio is hard to get into. I did some general rotations in the NHS and then I opened my own clinic.”

In addition, her busy schedule also consists of working for Pocklington RUFC as head physio.