Bury St Edmunds-based physiotherapist Andrew Bannan is preparing to be part of the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan.
Bannan, who works at Bury Physio, in Maynewater Lane, is set to play an important role at the multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe, where he will be based in the Poly Clinic in Baku over a three week period from June 6-30.
Having previously worked as a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic Games and as lead physio for the swimming competition at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow proved to be the deciding factor in Bannan being given the exciting opportunity as he came with a glowing reference from Lyn Booth, head of therapies at London 2012.
“I put my application through a few months ago and was invited to have a Skype interview with Adam Crump who is in Azerbaijan already organising the medical side of things,” explained Bannan.
“I expected a challenging interview and had prepped myself, but in the event Adam said that my application was very persuasive, and the recommendation from Lyn Booth on the strength of my work during the London Olympics and on the first response team at the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympics sealed it.”
And Bannan, who has his clinical experience at Bury Physio, his teaching role at the University of Essex, sports specific work at Bury Rugby Club and Ipswich Town Academy, is relishing the opportunity to be part of the momentous event.
“I am looking forward to being part of this historic event; the first European Games ever,” he added.
“It is an opportunity to experience the cultural blend of Baku and Azerbaijan at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
“I will be joining a team of highly qualified and experienced like-minded physiotherapists.”