Supporting the athletes of the Island Games

Kamila Neil, one of our Physiotherapy team, was fortunate enough to be chosen as part of the medical team for the 2015 Natwest Island Games last month, and as she explains the experience is one that will stay with her for a long time…

‘I have lived in Jersey for just over 11 years now and I’ve never seen it so alive. The teams and supporters from all the other islands brought so much energy and life to Jersey.

I witnessed firsthand Jersey in what I’d always imagined it used to be like in its heyday.  From the man made Beach Volleyball courts at the weighbridge in St Helier to the Down Hill Mountain Biking at Jubilee Hill, there were thousands of people smiling and enjoying every aspect of the games.

I had the pleasure of working in the medical tent across many different sports, and the tasks differed daily dependent on the athletes needs.  One day I could be giving advice and helping at the tennis courts, the next rubbing down and massaging the aching calves of the triathletes who’d just finished a grueling event.

The games village in Particular was always a pleasure to work in.  It had a party atmosphere throughout the week and the variety of athletes coming into the tent was amazing.  The stories they shared whilst being treated were inspiring.

I’d like to thank David Lord and the management of Jersey Cheshire Home for allowing me the time to gain such valuable experiences and to raise awareness of our facilities up at Jersey Cheshire Home.’

Kamila Neil, Physiotherapist at Jersey Cheshire Home