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A FORMER Huddersfield Giants physio is bouncing back.

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He has been chosen to help keep Team GB injury-free at the World Trampolining Championships later this month. Garry Slade, of Flockton, has been selected for the fifth time to look after the team as they take part in the tumbling, trampolining and double mini-trampolining competition.

The championships are also the first round of the Olympic qualifiers, which will hopefully lead to selection for London 2012.

Garry said: “My job is to make sure they compete on the day of their heats and that they recover in time to take part in the finals if they qualify.

“I became involved with the team about 10 years ago and have worked with many of them over a period of time.

“We have some of the best tumblers in the world in this country and the biggest threat to the British team will be from the Chinese, Russian and Belarus gymnasts.

“I expect a number of our athletes to get through the heats and I’m hopeful that we will have some medals.”

Garry, who founded his own clinic Therasport, based at the Galpharm Stadium, is no stranger to working with sports stars.

His previous contracts include the Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Wakefield Wildcats and the Bradford Bulls – all leading clubs in Super League.

He said: “After having travelled to many places with the British team, it is exciting to be physio at the World Championships when it is your own country.

“I know many of my friends and family will come and support the team – and hopefully not see me in action.”

Hundreds of the world’s top gymnasts will bounce into Birmingham this month for the Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships. The event at the National Indoor Arena from November 17 to 20 will feature around 650 competitors and officials from 40 countries.

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Wakefield business tees off to support golf club

Wakefield Express 2012, YEP 2012 The 18th Hole

A Wakefield business has invested £3,000 into the city’s council run golf course to ensure it stays open to all.

The two year sponsorship deal demonstrates how the private and public sectors can work together when budgets are cut.

Therasport physiotherapy clinic, based at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium Wakefield, will pay for the upkeep of signage specifically on the 18th hole and generally around the City of Wakefield Golf Course at Horbury Road.

It’s good news for the club’s 550 members and the hundreds of casual golfers who turn up to pay and play weekly.

Eva Slade, physio and a partner of Therasport who runs the Wakefield practice, said it seemed an obvious thing to do.

“A lot of golfers come to us for treatment, so it seemed logical to work with the club when we were looking to promote our business”

The deal was struck when Eva heard how local authority funding cuts meant ground maintenance was in danger.

“Our business is based around helping people recover from injury, and this seemed a good way of ensuring that we could give something back to a sport that so many people in the district enjoy,” she said.

David Bagg is the golf pro at the club and commented that the sponsorship, organised through Golf World had come at a time when Wakefield City Council was looking for extra cash for essential maintenance.

“Everyone benefits from deals such as this,” he said.