Isla Scott’s achievement recognised
HARD work and dedication to business, studies and family shown by Isla Scott resulted in her winning the Peel Achiever Award 2012.
She was presented with the award at a ceremony at Peel Golf Club.
Isla said she was ‘suprised’ and ‘humbled’ by the award.
Peel Town Commissioners held an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements for the people in the town.
Peel commissioner Ray Harmer said the night went ‘really well’. It was attended by 50 to 60 people.
Physiotherapist Isla Scott was presented with the Peel Achiever Award in recognition of her sport physiotherapy work for Sport Aid and the Isle of Man squad at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
In addition, the hard working Peel Carnival Committee received recognition for all it has done over the years and in particular the fact that this year was the 60th anniversary of the Peel Carnival. The committee’s Ian Baker collected the Community Award.
Meanwhile, Muriel Quayle was presented with the the T.A. Kelly Shield by Malcom Kelly in recognition of her charitable work in Peel.
Peel in Bloom winners also received their prizes at the ceremony, which was also a charity night raising £336 for the Peel & District Support Group.
Isla was nominated by her husband Ben, who witnessed first hand his wife’s hard work.
Peel commissioners clearly agreed with his sentiments and she was chosen to receive the honour.
Ben said in his nomination: ‘I know that I am biased, but I would like to nominate my wife, Isla Scott as a Peel achiever. She started to study for a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University in September 2007. At this time, she was running her own physiotherapy business in Peel, that had been open for just over two years. She was also the sole provider of Physiotherapy for Isle of Man Sport Aid and was beginning to gain a reputation in the TT paddock for being able to get the riders in optimum condition.
‘Oh yes, added to all this was her eight-month-old son, Ralph. So in September 2007 Isla, as well as being a mum, a company director, a physiotherapist in many different guises, and a wife, became a student.
‘The following three-and-a-half years saw her work tirelessly in all of her roles. I was present throughout and I still don’t know how she did it. Bearing in mind that during that time she was lead physiotherapist for the Isle of Man squad at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India, in 2008, with the Isle of Man squad at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and worked at several high level motorcycle events, including World Superbikes in Portugal and the UK (working with the Italian medical team in Clinica Mobile – so she was learning Italian at the same time!), and the TT.
‘She graduated in July 2011 with an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, one of only five from an initial intake of over 40 students.
‘She had a massive setback in January 2010 when she had to start her final year’s research project from scratch, thus rendering the previous three months’ work irrelevant. Incredibly, not only did she bounce back from this, she was the first to hand her completed project in; four weeks early, as was necessary due to family commitments. She achieved the grade of first for the research project and the finished article was presented at a conference in Krakow, Poland, by an eminent British physiotherapist.
‘As you can see Isla has achieved an incredible result in a seemingly impossible timeframe. There is only one reason Isla has achieved what she has; hard work. She has shown a single-minded dedication to her study, her business, her patients, the athletes at all the events and her family. I cannot think of a more deserved person to nominate for Peel Achiever.’
Isla said of her award: ‘It was a huge surprise. I felt really thrilled and really humbled.’
She explained gaining her masters took being ‘very single-minded and determined’. ‘It was such a big commitment taking on the masters there was no way I wasn’t going to complete it,’ she said.
Isla it seems has always wanted to be a physiotherapist. ‘I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to do it.’
Her practices, called Scott Physiotherapy, are in Peel and Douglas.
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