A TRAINEE rehabilitation engineer has been selected to help support competitors at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.
Gary Cleall, an associate member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, has been chosen by Ottobock UK to provide track-side support to the athletes competing in the championships.
He is one of the 22-strong technical support team at the event, which is being held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 14 and 23 July.
Gary will join a team of orthotic and prosthetic professionals, welders, wheelchair technicians and support staff providing essential maintenance and repairs to equipment used by athletes. Gary will be concentrating on wheelchair repairs.
He is employed by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and works in the Disablement Service Centre at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent.
Paul Dryer, Joint Head of Rehabilitation Engineering in the Rehabilitation Engineering Division in the Department of Medical Engineering & Physics at King's College Hospital, said:
‘We’re delighted that one of our Rehabilitation Engineering team has been selected to take part in this initiative, supporting athletes to achieve their full potential.
‘This is a huge opportunity for Gary, his skills will be invaluable at this event and will give him additional experiences and skills when dealing with highly technical equipment to bring back to the workplace. We are very pleased to support his time at the games and are looking forward to hearing all about it on his return.’
Located behind the scenes at the London Stadium, the repair centre will be fully equipped with the machinery and parts to repair any problems athletes may have with their equipment.
Gary has worked in the prosthetic industry for more than 18 years. Via a course at Southbank University, he is now working towards gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Diploma in Rehabilitation Engineering.
Ottobock is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of prosthetic limbs, orthotic supports and wheelchairs that facilitate independence. This will be the 37th time Ottobock have provided technical repair services at events, including 15 Paralympic Games, three Invictus Games, seven World Athletics Championships and the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
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