British Wrestling has long recognised and valued the input of skilled medical practitioners and after several constructive discussions, Dr Andy Tomlinson has volunteered to come on board with the organisation, using his considerable skills to strengthen and improve the GBR Talent Pathway.
Those fortunate enough to have attended the English Senior Championships in February may have already met Andy since he conducted medical examinations of the athletes, ensuring that those stepping on to the mat were in good physical condition and raising the standard of organisation to that expected at all regular European tournaments.
Andy is also an experienced exponent of competitive combat sports and he explains, “These sports have provided me with the knowledge and expertise required to deal the specific challenges that athletes face and I know how to prepare for them; as a doctor, I have a keen interest in physical activity and its application for improving health across the board from grassroots right up to elite level”.
Andy has been involved in numerous martial arts for over 15 years and still actively competes, regarding this time he added,“I’ve been fortunate enough to train with some of the world’s best teams and coaches in kickboxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling, this has given me a good insight into what’s required to be a world-level athlete and some of the obstacles that can be faced and overcome”.
Andy will be attending regular meetings with our GBR Support Coaches and other members of the Scientific Support Team; this has not escaped the attention of our CEO, Craig Anthony, who said, ”It’s a really exciting time for wrestling and a testament to the sport that we’ve such well-qualified people as Andy willing to give up their time to support British Wrestling as we build. I’m looking forward to seeing the extra insight and knowledge that Andy can bring to ensure we move forward in the right way”.