The year started with a bang
Corowa joined the growing list of places for Sports & Spinal to call home. As Matt expanded his business in Corowa into a brand new location at 81 Sanger Street, he decided that he loved so much about what we do here at Sports & Spinal that he wanted to completely align with us and in so doing, Sports & Spinal Corowa was born. A freshly renovated clinic in the same style you’ve come to love and respect from our other locations has made this place the go to destination for injury recovery in Corowa.
A little later in the year we had the honour of being a leading supporter of Pete Charlesworth on his mission to create a new Guiness World Record for the longest stand up paddle board journey, a “leisurely” 2677.34km paddle down the mighty Murray River and around some of the big lakes on the way. In doing so his #Sup4Health2023 campaign raised much needed funds for the Heart Foundation and awareness of heart health in regional Australia.
Our Team Expanding
Our team expanded into the world of Physiotherapy with the addition of Rachel van der Veen. Rachel joined our team after already enjoying a couple of years in private practice, keen to hone her hands on skills and expand her knowledge of injury management. With a strong interest in lower limb injury management, Rachel has already run one highly successful GLA:D program and is excited to begin our second program at the end of January. What an incredible addition to our team Rachel has been, not only as a great human being but also being able to add a different perspective in our group mentoring sessions that we conduct frequently here at Sports & Spinal.
Speaking of new additions to the team, we welcomed two more PIlates instructors, Mary-Lou Goonan and Sarah Jacob, and a new administration extraordinaire Kylie Wood.
The Youth Development Academy
Is going from strength to strength (quite literally). This is a real passion project for our Osteopath Jack, combining the strength training he enjoys with the love of helping out youth athletes. What started as an idea to get young athletes moving better to both enhance their performance and reduce their risk of injury has become an unbridled success. Starting off by wondering if we would fill one class, we now have 6 classes running every week of the school year. Using our AxIT to obtain accurate strength and movement data, we have consistently seen strength gains of well over 50% – incredible considering it is only a 9 weeks program.
The only national league team based in our region continued. Being chosen out of the many practices on the border as THE injury management team behind the highly successful Albury Wodonga Bandits as they chase ultimate glory in the NBL1 competition is a highlight and a privilege we enjoy.
Speaking of continuing partnerships with amazing organisations on the border, we were fortunate enough to be working with the Albury Athletics again. These individuals vary from the elite, national level athletes to the everyday battler just out there doing their best. If you have any interest in testing yourself against the clock or the tape, or you are just looking to get moving with a group of other people doing likewise, get down to Les O’Brien Athletic Precinct during the summer months on Saturday’s and test yourself out.
A union with the Albury Thunder Junior Rugby League was formed with our logo appearing on their jumpers. Supporting these youngsters to keep fit and healthy as they pursue a passion of theirs is very exciting to watch.
We continued working with the largest circus training organisation in the Southern Hemisphere, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and other long-term sponsorships with Eddie Daly (motocross) and Mason Bayliss (Lawn Bowls).
We are frequently inspired by the people we have been fortunate enough to see come into our clinics and we cannot thank you enough for those that have recommended our business. We hope that we can keep playing our part in making the communities of Albury, Wodonga, Corowa and surrounds an even better place to live.