- Kate Krzywiec (Badger) MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc
Kate qualified in 1999 and has specialised in musculoskeletal work and sports injuries since 2002. Kate was involved in the setting up of Oaksey House and worked there from 2009 – 2017. Now Kate splits her time between working for the JIM Team and private practice where she treats a number of elite runners, triathletes and riders. She is qualified to use acupuncture for pain relief and completed an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in 2011. She is currently studying for an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy. In her spare time, Kate is a competitive distance runner and enjoys riding her event horse and running around after 2 young children.
- Nigel Baker BSc (Hons), MSc
Nigel qualified from the University of Brighton in 1993 with a B.Sc in Physiotherapy and has spent the last 25 years working in the sporting environment. He also has a B.Sc in Sports Science and a M.Sc in Human Biology. Highlights have included working for England Boxing for 7 years, spending a year working for a professional rugby team in New Zealand and touring the world with numerous rugby teams. In recent years work has concentrated on sports trauma management and sports injury clinics within the rugby and football environment.
- Julie A Brown MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Formerly a teacher, Julie played cricket and hockey for England & GB and was captain of the latter. She retrained and qualified as a Physiotherapist at Manchester University and has since gained much experience and expertise both privately and as a superintendent manager with the NHS. In her private practise she has worked with rugby, cricket, netball and premier football teams! She is a keen horse rider and worked with the equestrian team at the 2012 Olympic Games. Julie always describes her role in the JIM team as ‘the best job in the world!’
- Judith Coe MCSP, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Judith has worked in elite sport for over 10 years with positions for British Gymnastics and Canoe Slalom and Sprint as well as being part of Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. For the past 18 months, she has been Head Physiotherapist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company. Judith has had a lifelong interest in horseracing and is a keen horsewoman herself. She joined the JIM Team in February 2019.
- Gemma Darley MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Gemma qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Teesside University in 2010, working in the NHS for two years before moving into private practice to specialise in Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. In addition she has further qualifications in Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture, Sports Trauma Management and Shoulder Rehabilitation. Gemma has enjoyed Physiotherapy roles around the UK, with time spent at a private Harley Street clinic, as well as being part of the professional medical team supporting athletes at the 2015 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. When not at the racecourse as part of the JIM team, Gemma is based at Jack Berry House.
- Brian Downey BSc (Hons), MSc
Following a spell in Australia, Brian now leads the medical team at Aberavon RFC and works at Swansea Bay Health. He has worked across a range of elite sport since 2002 including professional football, netball, judo and gymnastics.
Brian was the lead physiotherapist at Pro 14 and English Premiership Rugby Clubs, worked for the Fiji national rugby and was part of the Rugby World Cup team in 2015. He is a keen sportsman himself and enjoys keeping fit in his spare time. Brian will be covering a number of fixtures across the Welsh racecourses.
- Sally Dufty, MCSP, Grad.Dip.Phys, SRP
Since graduating in 1988, Sally has accumulated over 22 years experience working in physiotherapy. She has held various posts including a senior position in an A&E Department, physiotherapist for Motorsport Rally and Formula 1, and consultant physiotherapist for Sony Music assisting on various world tours. As well as working for the JIM Team, Sally also runs her own business over two sites in South London and Kent.
- Emma Edwards MCSP, Grad.Dip.Phys
Emma has over 20 years experience in sports injury and trauma . She qualified at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 1989 and worked on major A&E, orthopaedics and trauma before moving to Cheltenham in 1991. She worked in the NHS and since 2005 in private practice. Emma has been involved in multiple levels of sport as physiotherapist to the British and Welsh waterpolo teams, medical support in school, colts and academy rugby at Cheltenham and in local athletics. She has further qualifications in Pilates, Acupuncture, Sports Trauma management, IASTM & vestibular rehabilitation.
- Huw Roberts MSc
Huw graduated from the University of Salford in 2005 and started his career as a physiotherapist in the NHS in South Wales. In 2008 he began working in private practice as specialist sports injury therapist. From 2012 he spent 7 years as a team physiotherapist at Swansea City Football Club and completed his MSc in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in 2015. He has recently taken up a role as an advanced physio practitioner in Swansea and currently divides his time between this and his continued work in private practice. Huw will be covering a number of fixtures at Ffos Las and Chepstow
- Peter Finlay MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Originally from Northern Ireland, Peter now runs his own Private Practice in Newcastle upon Tyne. He graduated from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh in 1998 and has previously worked in both Professional Rugby and Cricket. He has been working for the PJA since 2007.
- Frank Gilroy MSc MCSP
Frank graduated in Glasgow in 1985 and completed a post graduate MSC in Applied Biomechanics in 2005. He worked for the NHS for 27 years before retiring in 2013 to concentrate on private practice. He has been physiotherapy advisor to the Glasgow Sports Surgery Service and has worked in many sports but extensively in football (Celtic youths) and currently in rugby as well as racing.
- Darren Griffiths MCSP, BSc (Hons), PG Dip
Darren qualified as a physiotherapist in 2000 from Bradford University. He started his career in the NHS and, since 2005, has worked in private practice specialising in musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. In 2010 he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Sport & Exercise Injury Management’ from Leeds Met University. Darren has worked part-time in sports since qualifying including Rugby League and Football and currently works part-time with the Leeds United FC Academy. Darren also enjoys doing Sprint Triathlons in his spare time.
- April Harris MCSP, BSc (Hons)
April qualified as a chartered physiotherapist from the University of Brighton in 2005. She worked in the NHS for several years before moving into private practice full time in 2010. April has spent the last 3 years training with the Manual Therapy Institute in order to develop her knowledge of Osteopathic techniques, which she now uses alongside her existing Physiotherapy and Acupuncture skills. April has always been heavily involved in Show Jumping and although no longer competing, still enjoys riding out. She is now concentrating on developing her own clinic in Westerham, Kent.
- Louise Hayes MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Louise qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2009 with BSc (hons) Physiotherapy from Brunel University. She has been working with the PJA since March 2015 and her main racecourses are Huntingdon and Newmarket. Louise is director of a private clinic in Rochester and also works for the International Tennis Federation, The ladies and Mens European Golf Tour and Wimbledon Championships. She is a keen sports enthusiast and tries to maintain a decent level of fitness with running, gym work, cycling and swimming.
- Diane E Hunter, MCSP, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Locality lead – North
Diane is a chartered and HPC registered physiotherapist. She qualified with a BSc Hons in 1994 from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh and obtained an MSc in Sports medicine from Glasgow University in 2004. Having worked full time in sports medicine for the last 9 years, she now runs her own private clinic in Glasgow and works with a wide diversity of elite athletes internationally including judo, hockey, swimming and badminton.
- Iain Loughran MSc MCSP
Iain has worked in the NHS in a range of muscoskeletal clinics and is currently an Extended Scope Physiotherapist. He has also worked in private clinics, occupational health clinics and with amateur sports teams. Iain completed an MSc in orthopaedic medicine at Middlesex University in 2010 and is currently studying for a PhD at Northumbria University.
- Daloni Lucas, MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc
Daloni trained at the University of Hertfordshire and qualified in 2005. She worked within the NHS for one year before obtaining a prestigious position within the physiotherapy team at The Ospreys Rugby Team, whom she has worked with for four years. As well as providing cover across a number of racecourses in the South, Dal is also the clinical lead at the IJF Rehabilitation Centre in Lambourn, Oaksey House.
- Laura Newton MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Laura graduated from Keele University in 2004 with a degree in Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) and currently works in the NHS and private practice as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in the field of musculoskeletal dysfunction with an interest in upper limb disorders and rehabilitation. She is currently the appointed Physiotherapist at Uttoxeter Racecourse. She has a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and is currently studying towards an MSc in Manual Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Laura has a keen interest in sports and has ridden since she a young age and competes in British Eventing.
- Kate Rees MSc, BSc (Hons)
Kate has been a qualified physiotherapist for over 20 years with extensive experience in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She was formerly the Head Physiotherapist for Swansea City AFC for 10 years during their time in the Premier League. Kate has also worked for the Welsh Women’s senior football team, several Premier League Welsh rugby teams as well as with football teams in New Zealand. Alongside sports, she works as a first contact physiotherapy practitioner in a GP surgery in Swansea and is a director of her own private practice. Kate will be providing cover at a number of fixtures across the Welsh racecourses.
- Kate Scothorne MCSP, MSc (pre-reg)
After a career in the Army, Kate retrained as a physiotherapist and qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. Since then she has gained a broad base of NHS experience and has also completed a PG Dip in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Kate currently divides her time between treating people and animals, including sport specific work in semi-professional football. She is currently studying for a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary’s University of London. Kate has ridden from a very young age and has two horses of her own and also likes running to keep fit..
- David Sharp, MCSP Grad.Dip. Phys
David qualified in 1987 from Newcastle School of Physiotherapy. He has worked for a Professional Football Club, treated elite athletes, professional basketball teams, ice hockey professionals and cricket professionals. He also runs his own multi-practitioner clinic in Norfolk for the past 21 years. Over the years, David has developed special interests in lower limb bio-mechanics and spinal dysfunction.
- J.M. (Rabbit) Slattery, BSc (Hons), M.S.S.T., Sports Therapist
Rabbit Slattery was the instigator of the ‘Flying Physio’s’. She enlisted her mother, the internationally renowned Mary Bromiley and together, with permission from Dr Turner, they undertook a successful pilot scheme in spring 1992. Anna O’Brien and Pat Shaw were recruited and in the autumn of the same year the ‘Flying Physio Scheme’ was born. Since then she has helped at all levels of its development into today’s JIM team.
- Rob Swire MSc MCSP
Rob qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Salford School of Physiotherapy in 1985 and gained an MSc in Sports & Exercise Science in 1997 from Leeds Metropolitan University. After 5 years with the NHS, Rob began a 24 years career in professional football, initially at Halifax Town FC in 1990 before moving to Manchester United FC in 1991, becoming their Head Physiotherapist in 1999. Rob joined the JIM team in March 2016 and will be working mainly across the northern racecourses. In his spare time, Rob is still attempting to compete in cycling and running competitions.
- Torquil Tonks MCSP, BSc (Hons)
Torquil graduated in 2000 from Southampton University and worked in the NHS for 3 years whilst working part-time for a professional rugby team, followed by a stint working with professional skiers and snowboarders. In 2006, Torquil moved to New Zealand to work for professional rugby and basketball teams while completing his MSc in sports rehabilitation. He returned to the UK in 2010 to work in professional rugby and worked for two seasons for London Irish Rugby Club. Torquil also runs his own private practice in Cornwall and continues to work for England rugby at age group levels.
- Geoff Twinning BSc (Hons), MCSP, MAACP, PGDip, MACPSEM
Since graduating from Brunel University in 2002, Geoff has gained a breadth of knowledge and experience in sports injury and rehabilitation with roles for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympics as well as working for team GB University Tennis, England Athletics and England Hockey. In his spare time, Geoff is a competitive sportsman and is still a Great Britain Age Group Triathlete at nearly 40.
- Cathryn Woodall, MCSP,Grad.Dip.Phys, MSc, ACPSM
Locality lead – South
Cathryn qualified as a chartered physiotherapst in 1990 at RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. In 2000 she gained an MSc in Sports Injury and Rehabilitation at Manchester Metropolitan University. In the same year, Cathryn became an independent Physiotherapist at Chester racecourse and in addition to her clinical specialist role in the NHS, went on to support Judo at the Commonwealth Games. In August 2007 she was recruited to the JIM Team. She currently runs a private practice. She has a wealth of experience working with a wide range of amateur and professional athletes, including local rugby teams and triathletes. Cathryn is currently the appointed physiotherapist at Chester, Wolverhampton, Bangor and Ludlow racecourses.