Off to Rio - the Frampton Cotterell woman who is supporting the GB Paralympics team

August 30 2016

A woman from Frampton Cotterell is flying to Rio de Janeiro in a trip of a lifetime to support Britain’s Paralympians. Claire Bohr will be part of the medical support team, and here she tells The Voice about how she got to go to Rio.

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A woman from Frampton Cotterell is flying to Rio de Janeiro in a trip of a lifetime to support Britain’s Paralympians.  Claire Bohr will be part of the medical support team, and here she tells The Voice about how she got to go to Rio.

 

I am a paediatric specialist nurse working in Bristol Childrens hospital for 30 years. Caring for children with bowel defects and disorders.

I initially got involved with Paralympic sport through a work colleague who introduced me to the sport of wheel chair rugby in 2010. I volunteered as a career, helper, nurse with the Gb development squad, attended weekend training session several times a year. Following London 2012 games a position became available to join the elite squad which I have been with ever since. I work full time for the NHS so I use my holiday and unpaid leave to continue to support the wheelchair rugby team and British Paralympic association. 

 I have been inspired by the determination and dedication of Paralympic athletes they are 100% focused to their chosen sport and work extremely hard  to overcome personal  disabilities to achieve their goal. Whereas an able body athlete takes time to prepare before a training session or competition the disabled athletes takes up to twice as long to achieve the same outcomes. This has sometimes meant getting up at 4.30am to help an athlete prepare to be able to start  playing at 9.00am.

During the Rio games I will be working with the GB team of sports medicine and sport science professional within the Olympic village. This is a team consisting of 3 nurses, 2 doctors, 2 physios, and a sports phycologist who will all be supporting the 258 GB athletes 24/7

Sport and health is very unpredictable so we have to be prepared to deal with any injury, any eventuality,  any time of day. That’s what makes the job so interesting and at times challenging.    

Like the athletes we have been preparing for many months to be able to deliver a top class service to the team I have mixed emotions now it’s getting closer, I am extremely proud to have been picked for the team and to be given the opportunity to experience the Paralympic games in Rio.

 I would like to be able to experience and embrace the countries culture as well as watching some of the events  if I get any down time , but this can only be decided once we have arrived and settled in.   

Please give a thought when watching the Paralympics how much preparation as well as training is required to enable that individual to perform. 

They do not want pity, but respect as an elite  athlete representing their country.