An Earby woman says it is a dream come true to be a part of the Commonwealth Games which start in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Linda Middleton (48), who works as a senior physiotherapist at BMI Gisburne Park Hospital, will be a field of play physiotherapist in the gymnastic arena during the 20th edition of the worldwide event.
Her job will include treating athletes when the need arises from a sprained ankle to applying emergency medicine with a doctor for more serious injuries to the head, spine or for fractures.
Linda said: “I was over the moon to be given the role as this is one of my favourite sports.
“Being selected for the games is a real honour for me, as I will not only be representing my profession and BMI Healthcare, but treating athletes from all over the Commonwealth who are at the top of their game.
“It’s a massive responsibility that I make the right choices when treating their injuries and preparing them for competition.”
Linda was selected as part of the 200-strong physio team from an application list of more than 3,000. Her journey the Games has been a long one with set backs along the way.
Leaving school with few qualifications, she was identified as having dyslexia at university but graduated with a 2:1, going on to work at Skipton and Airedale hospitals and with professional rugby league players from Keighley, Whitehaven, Hunslet and Leigh.
Linda then spent five years working hard gaining the experience and qualifications in elite sports medicine needed to fulfil her ambition to work at the London Olympics before a family tragedy ended that hope.
Linda said: “In 2012, I was selected to join the physio team and appointed to be a physio for boxing and judo at the London Olympics. Sadly, I had to pull out at the last minute when my dad passed away.
“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is going to be amazing. The city is buzzing and just to be part of it and to say ‘I was there’ is my dream come true.”