Vaughan heads up medical support team for 2018 Games

By By Sports desk in Commonwealth Games

Dr Frank Vaughan and physios Ruth Cooil and Wendy Shallcross will accompany the island’s Commonwealth Games team to next year’s event in Australia.

With just under 300 days to go until the opening of the 2018 Games, the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association has confirmed the medical team that will travel to the Gold Coast will be the same as the one that went to Glasgow in 2014.

Vaughan will be the team doctor, a role that he first took on at the 2010 Games and repeated four years later.

Cooil and Shallcross have been appointed team physiotherapists.

Cooil will be attending her fourth Commonwealths, having made her debut at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

She was also physio co-ordinator for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games held here in the Isle of Man.

Shallcross will be attending her second Games after also working with the team in Glasgow.

The medical team have experience working at multi-sport Games and will be an invaluable resource for Team IoM in Australia.

Leonie Cooil, who is chef de mission for the team next year, said: ’Having such an experienced medical team with us in the Gold Coast will be fantastic for our athletes.

’They provide an exceptional service ensuring that our athletes can focus entirely on their performance.

’It is a proven philosophy that limiting distractions to our athletes provides a clear psychological advantage during competition, and having a dedicated support network behind them will undoubtedly give us an important edge in Gold Coast.

’As a team, giving our athletes the opportunity to compete on a global stage is our number one priority, and our experienced medical team is bound to ensure that the Manx athletes are able to compete at their best, come March.

’We really hope that our medal mentality shines through and provides a memorable performance to put the Isle of Man once again on the sporting map.

Commonwealth youth games next month

An eight-strong Manx team head to the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas next month.

Four Manx swimmers, three cyclists and an athlete will travel to the sixth CYG, which take place between July 19-23.

Competing in the pool at the Games for 14 to 18 year olds will be Joel Watterson, Kazia Whittaker, Emma Hodgson and Euan MacMurchie.

Thomas Bostock, Will Draper and Tara Ferguson will represent the island in cycling and runner David Mullarkey will take part in the 1,500m track event.

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