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A VTCT External Verifier helped to prepare some of the UK’s elite athletes for London 2012. Michael Cole, flew to the USA with members of Team GB’s swimming team for the ‘Duel in the Pool’ competition.


Michael spent three and a half weeks working as a sports therapist with the athletes; including London 2012 medal contenders Elizabeth Simmonds, a British record holder at 100m backstroke, Gemma Spofforth, who finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Francesca Halsall, the European Champion, Commonwealth gold and world silver medallist and Liam Tancock, the current 50m backstroke world record holder.


On returning from the event, Michael said: “One of the best aspects of being part of Team GB is that I use sports therapy skills, at the highest level of sports performance, and on reflection I can utilize this to improve not only my clinical practice, but also my lecturing, assessing and verifying in on my return to academia; I can feedback to colleagues and learners what it is actually like to be involved in elite, international training camps and events and how a sports therapist fits into the team dynamic.”.


Michael has been working with Team GB for the past two years, including at the Olympic Aquatics venue for the 2012 British Nationals/Olympic Qualifiers. Michael also attended two further pre-2012 camps with the Loughborough ITC Olympic-qualified swimmers, in Florida and Tenerife.