Couple looking forward to helping Canadian team members with their aches and pains
Truro doctors lending a hand
TRURO - Truro physician Linda Ferguson is hurrying hard to Vancouver to serve as the official doctor of Canada's Olympic curling team.
She has swept her appointment book clean at the Colchester Research Group to work at a polyclinic in the athlete's village in Vancouver from Feb. 16 to Feb. 22 with an extensive medical team, which also includes her physician husband Dr. Murdo Ferguson.
"We are lucky to get to stay right in the village," said Ferguson. "It's pretty special. It's a real honour to be invited to do that."
The sports medical emergency physician is no stranger to working with athletes on the world stage having worked at Olympics held in Beijing, China, 2008, and Turin, Italy, 2006.
Since Turin, where her kinship with the curling team members began, she has accompanied them to all their world events.
"It's a huge privilege and it's a lot of fun," she said.
"They are professionals and are really supportive to each other and other countries."
She anticipates some of the most common ailments that may need treatment are upper limb injuries, along with upper respiratory tract complications.
Her wish for the Olympics is to see her team win gold, breaking a long-time jinx of no gold medals won on home soil.
"I just really hope the Canadian people come together and are so proud of what athletes we can produce here," said Ferguson.
She is also looking forward to meeting peers and athletes from all over the world.
She said it will be hard work that wins the team the top spot on the podium but just incase that isn't quite enough they are taking extra precautions.
"We're not too superstitious but we do have our Lucky Loonies," she said.
Ferguson will return to Vancouver on March 22 to lend her expertise again at the polyclinic, which she calls the "ultimate ER", during the Para-Olympics.
"That's going to be fantastic," said Ferguson. "That's my special love."
She would like to see as many Canadians as possible tune in to support those special athletes who demonstrate a true love for sport and serve as an inspiration to everyone that anything is possible if you are willing to work hard.
"I'll do anything I can to help these guys pursue their dreams," said the physician.
With four children at home aged 11 to 17, she said strong family support makes it possible for her to follow her own dream of working one-on-one with the highest caliber athletes in the country.