ParalympicsGB have confirmed their core sports science and sports medicine team for Tokyo 2020.
The announcement sees seven English Institute of Sport (EIS) staff named by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) as part of the team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who will form the core sports science and sports medicine team for ParalympicsGB at Tokyo 2020.
Dr Tom Paulson, EIS Head of Paralympic Performance Support, has been confirmed as Performance Services Manager by the BPA, he will lead the team working across the pre-Games preparations in Japan and at the Games in Tokyo. He will hold this post alongside his day to day role at the EIS.
Prior to taking up the Head of Paralympic Performance Support role, Tom was a Senior Performance Pathway Scientist at the EIS, responsible for the creation and delivery of the ‘Para Transitions Programme’ in collaboration with discipline experts from within the Institute and the BPA.
In the Rio cycle, he also delivered performance support to GB Wheelchair Rugby, leading the impairment-specific travel and recovery strategies and attended the Paralympic Games as part of the Performance Support Team.
Paulson said: “I’m delighted and proud to be confirmed as Performance Services Manager. There is a huge amount of knowledge and experience within the Institute which is being used to prepare athletes and coaches for Tokyo.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the wider team in Tokyo and playing a part in providing world class support to the ParalympicsGB athletes.”
Tom has been confirmed alongside a number of EIS colleagues. Physiotherapist Katie Collis will be at the pre-Games preparation, while Dr Stuart Miller has already been named as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, he will be supported by EIS colleagues Dr Kate Strachan and Dr Jim Kerss. EIS physiotherapist Dawn Ibraham has been named as lead physiotherapist while Tom Hignett is one of two other physios in Tokyo.
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Kevin Currell, EIS Director of Science and Technical Development, added: “We are happy and proud that the EIS can partner with the BPA to deliver exceptional support for the team in Tokyo
“As a world leading Institute we support and nurture our staff. Opportunities to work at Olympic and Paralympic Games to support our talented athletes are excellent for the continuing development of EIS staff.”
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from August 25 – September 6, 2020.