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Norfolk physio volunteers to help Games athletes

Collins Ogbeivor will be right at the centre of the action during the 2012 Games as a volunteer physiotherapist on the official medical team, reports Keith Morris

Collins Ogbeivor will be right at the centre of the action during the 2012 Games after he was offered a role as a volunteer physiotherapist on the official medical team, reports Keith Morris from Network Norwich

Collins is Head of Physiotherapy at All Hallows Hospital in Ditchingham where he works with a wide range of day and resident patients to aid their recoveries.

Collins is well qualified for his Olympic role, both as an experienced physiotherapist from All Hallows, but also because he has played similar roles in the first-ever Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad in India in 2004 and also at the All Africa Games in 2003, when he was living in Nigeria.

To gain a place on the Games Maker team, Collins had to go through a rigorous interview and selection procedure along with 250,000 others.

“It is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to be part of history because of the significance of the Games,” said Collins. ”I am very honoured to have been chosen.”

“I believe that the Olympics will leave a huge social legacy and I wanted to be a part of that and help inspire people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to take part. I also hope that it will benefit my work here at All Hallows.”

Collins will be based at the main Olympic Stadium in Stratford and at the nearby Mayesbrook Park Arena and Newham Sports Complex, where he could treat any of the athletes from Usain Bolt to Jessica Ennis.

Clair Westwood-Deamer, Chief Executive of All Hallows Healthcare Trust, said: “We are extremely proud of Collins for being invited to be part of the expert team at the Olympic Games. I am sure his expertise will be of great assistance in bringing about the smooth operation of the event.

“The role is a recognition for his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to help make the Games happen.”  

Collins is part of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Thorpe St Andrews in Norwich and he helps run a Christian prayer group.

“My Christian faith helps me in my work,” said Collins. “It helps me to have empathy and compassion for my patients and show them patience and kindness.”

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