Anne, who is providing support in her spare time, first carried out this role in Beijing in 2008 with two of her nursing colleagues. Anne is working in a health care team consisting of other nurses, doctors physiotherapists, sport scientists and psychologists
She was selected as a member of the team because of the range of skills she has developed working with spinal cord injured patients and the way in which these skills can be used to support people across a range of disabilities.
Anne will keep athletes fit so that they can prepare for their sports and; provide ongoing support and care with regular clinics and back-up medical support.
Anne Seaman said: “I was absolutely thrilled to be selected and really excited about the Paralympic Games, especially as it is London 2012 , our home Games. As a specialist nurse I’m playing a key role in ensuring that the athletes keep fit and healthy and are best prepared to perform to their full potential."
There are 300 competing athletes in the ParalympicsGB team and over the 11 day period athletes from across the world will compete in 20 sports. The athletes could have any one of a number of disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury to impaired vision. All will be classified according to their disability so that they can compete at the appropriate level.
Miss Seaman said: “It’s obviously a wonderful personal achievement to be chosen to become a member of the ParalympicsGB team. It’s also a credit to the reputation we have in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre and the work that we all do here on a day-to-day basis for patients with spinal cord injuries. I wish every athlete good luck.”
Two former Salisbury District Hospital patients will also be competing in the Games and will be taking part in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby.
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