University medics described as ‘heroes’ by Island Games boss

Rob Hamilton and Karen May help a cyclist after the time trial (Pic: David Rodriguez)

An Island Games chief has lavished praise on a team of University of Central Lancashire medics and students treating athletes from around the world.

Students and staff from UCLan were chosen to provide specialist medical care at the Games in Gibraltar, which end tomorrow.

The sports therapy and sports medicine cohorts are providing pitch side care and running a drop-in polyclinic to treat injured athletes.

Around 1,800 athletes from 22 islands are competing in 14 sports from badminton to beach volleyball and sailing to swimming.

The medics have been kept busy throughout with the cycling time trial – which finished at the top of the Rock after a punishing 4km climb – proving to be a big test for the team.

In an email to those involved in delivering the Games, Reagan Lima, vice-chairman of the Gibraltar Island Games Organising Committee, said: “On behalf of the organising committee please accept our congratulations and gratitude for the sterling work the team have undertaken this week.

“At general team manager meetings the service and response offered is constantly highlighted as one of the pillars of the Games.

“This stretches from the medical care received at the cycling town criterium to the walk-ins at the polyclinic to the finish line at the time trial.

“I witnessed your team’s performance first hand at this particular event and to say that I was both impressed and proud is an understatement.

“The icing on the cake was at this morning’s meeting when you were all described as heroes by the visiting delegates. Keep up the excellent work!”

Three sports journalism students are also be covering the Games, working in tandem with the official Gibraltarian media teams.

Many of the stories and videos produced by Jason Hamburger, Ryan Smart and George Hodgson have been used on the official Games website and also by BBC North West Tonight, which covered the gold medals awarded to athletes from the Isle of Man.