Nick attended the 2014 IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea last week as the IPC Medical Delegate. His role included an overview of medical services provided, managing athlete withdrawals from events for medical reasons and also running the Boosting Control Program. Boosting is a form of performance enhancement, unique to athletes with high spinal cord injury that can result in dangerous rises in blood pressure. Athletes are monitored prior to competition to check their blood pressures and withdrawn if above a safe limit set by the IPC.
Nick was delighted with how the week went: “The Championships have been a great success with the huge enthusiasm for volunteering and Parasports carrying on from London. There have been some great individual performances and it is good to see some of the emerging athletes, like Sammi Kinghorn, doing so well as they work towards qualification for Rio in 2016.
This was the first major disability sport event for Wales and Swansea has been a fantastic host city. The university athletics stadium is in a great setting, overlooking Swansea Bay and close to the University campus where the athletes were accommodated.
Click <a href=”http://www.paralympic.org/swansea-2014/schedule-results?” title=”Swansea 2014″>here</a> for a more information about the event and the results.