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Teamwork the key to success in PyeongChang as Dr Kim Gregory supports ParalympicsGB at Winter Games
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Press release date09/04/2018
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Dr Kim Gregory, Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Leicester’s Hospitals joined up with the ParalympicsGB team as Travelling Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.
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Having swum competitively, Kim has a longstanding interest in sport and when a former teammate went on to become a Paralympic double gold medallist this only increased her interest further. She has worked in Para sport throughout her training and career to date so it was a dream come true when Dr Stuart Miller, Chief Medical Officer of ParalympicsGB, asked Dr Gregory to deputise for him in PyeongChang.


Dr Gregory said, “Articulating all that I have learnt both personally and professionally from the experience is hard. Sports and Exercise Medicine translates across different environments and you gain a much better understanding of the technical elements of the sports through spending time with athletes and their coaches.”


Teamwork was a huge factor behind the success of the ParalympicsGB team in South Korea. #BeFearless was used on social media and according to Dr Gregory, this was very apt.


She said, “There was a clear collective team focus within the delegation with seventeen athletes striving to achieve their goals in PyeongChang. Long days in sport are common so the ‘team behind the team’ collaboration was vital. The medical team goal was to get every athlete to the start line for their event in a safe and healthy position to perform”


Dr Gregory was based with the athletes competing in para snowboard, para alpine skiing, para Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling. Two visually impaired skiers and their guides brought in the most medals for ParalympicsGB. Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight, along with their sighted guides Jen Kehoe and Brett Wild, won one gold medal, four silver medals and two bronze medals between them. 


This achievement is extraordinary as the athletes generally have around five per cent vision and can see to a depth of about two metres. This can vary between peripheral and partial sight and only picks up changes in some colour, shade and shape. Each racer has a guide, who skis in front wearing a bright orange bib and communicates instructions through a Bluetooth headset. [1]


Medical meetings gave Dr Gregory the chance to meet other physicians from around the world to share their experience, knowledge and ideas and working within a new multidisciplinary team in an extreme and competitive environment allowed for some further insight and learning.


Dr Gregory said, “My involvement and learning in PyeongChang will be beneficial to patients across my clinical practice. My colleagues at Leicester General Hospital have been really supportive. The department has previous Olympic and Paralympic experience with colleagues having been part of medical teams at previous Games.


“I feel proud and privileged to have been involved in historic Games for ParalympicsGB, working with a fantastic team and inspiring athletes, and I would love to go Tokyo 2020 to experience a Summer Games.”


ENDS


Notes to editor


[1] Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight - GB's fearless Para skiers

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Dr Kim Gregory, Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Leicester’s Hospitals joined up with the ParalympicsGB team as Travelling Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.
Dr Kim Gregory, Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Leicester's Hospitals joined up with the ParalympicsGB team as Travelling Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.