Truro massage therapist to ply his craft at the Winter Olympic Games
TRURO - Truro massage therapist Patrick Legge is headed to Vancouver yesterday to work with the best of the best in his field.
Legge is one of only 50 massage therapists from across the nation who will be catering to the needs of athletes from around the globe in the Whistler-based polyclinic at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
"We'll have one day of orientation in the polyclinic then we're full steam ahead," said Legge, owner of Legge Health Clinic on Prince Street.
For about three weeks the health-care professional will be working alongside sports medical physicians, chiropractors and physiotherapists providing a wide range of services from routine care requirements to dealing with chronic and acute injuries.
Accepting a position on the diagnostic team is a second chance to experience an opportunity of a lifetime for Legge who had turned down an offer to work at the 1996 Olympics, not wanting to miss the birth of his first baby.
He is excited to be included in the "biggest show in the world" for a number of reasons.
"The opportunity to work with all those great practitioners," he said. "We have the best in the world going there to work with the best athletes in the world."
"I feel pretty fortunate to be in a position to contribute my skills to work at that level. The Olympics is the pinnacle for so many sports."
He is also looking forward to meeting people from around the world and learning about their cultures.
Going to the Olympics has been a dream of his since childhood. In high school he trained in track, achieving a scholarship at Simon Fraser University. He eventually settled on a career as a massage therapist, which he has been practicing for the past 16 years offering his expertise at several high profile international sporting events.
He said an ultimate accomplishment while in Whistler would be to treat an athlete prior to competition and have him or her go on to win a goad medal for Canada
"Just to be there in that whole atmosphere in the Olympic village will be amazing," said Legge.