Rugby mother selected from thousands to work at London Olympic Games 2012

Pictured is Julie Hinds, who will be going to the olympics, as part of the sports therapy team.
Pictured is Julie Hinds, who will be going to the olympics, as part of the sports therapy team.

A RUGBY therapist will be rubbing shoulders with Olympic stars after she was selected out of 18,000 people to work on the medical team at the 2012 games.

Julie Hinds, of Alwyn Road, will travel to London ahead of the official opening ceremony at the Olympic Village on July 27.

The soft tissue therapist will spend a month in the capital working as part of the medical team.

Julie will then return for the Paralympics in August to September.

The mother of one, who was also part of the medical team at the Athens Olympics in 2004, was selected for London 2012 out of 18,000 applications. She is one of just 2,500 to have been chosen.

Julie said: “It’s exciting. I will be at the training venues to start with and then I’ve been given the stadium. I’ll be at the opening ceremony, all the big games and the closing ceremony. It’s going to be a good show. I could watch any sport at that level. These are the best people in the world.”

Julie works from her home and also has clinics in Rugby.

She applied for a place on the medical team two years ago and was invited for an interview a year ago. She was only told that she’d been selected recently.

Julie, who has been in the industry for 14 years, said: “It’s a long process. I can’t wait to see the stadium. I just want to get started now. It kind of doesn’t feel real until it actually happens.”

During her career, Julie has also worked on the medical team at the Commonwealth Games and the Europeans Athletics Championships.

Two weeks before the Olympics Julie will also be working at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis in Nottingham.