Volunteering at the Mother’s Day Classic (2018)

Volunteering at Mother's Day ClassicSport & Spinal Physio really love volunteering our services at the Mother’s Day Classic run every year. It is a wonderful event with a great community of volunteers and participants. We regularly have therapists volunteer their time on Mother’s Day to help out in our massage tent for a few hours. This year, David, who normally works in admin, joined Simon, Jamie, Freddy and Craig in the tent, on what was a pretty cold day in Canberra. David is a 3rd year Physiotherapy student at UC and he was keen to volunteer his time and knowledge.  Here’s David’s match report:

On the 13th of May, I had the privilege to volunteer at the Mother’s Day Classic providing a brief massage service for those who ran or walked around Lake Burley Griffin in support of breast cancer.

Volunteering at Mother's Day ClassicIt was refreshing to see so many familiar faces participating on the day, but on top of that the large turnout of people who attended despite the miserable weather.  Furthermore, it was an enriching experience to be able to listen to people’s personal stories and their battle against breast cancer or the stories of friends/ families who have known or know of someone who is suffering.

Volunteering at Mother's Day Classic

As a training Physiotherapist, the Mother’s Day Classic provided me with a great learning opportunity to observe new techniques from Physiotherapist colleagues who have years of clinical experience. Moreover, this opportunity allowed me to practice both my manual handling skills and also challenged me to adapt my communication skills to people of all ages and backgrounds. This experience as a whole was an unforgettable one as it really convinced me that being a Physiotherapist is want I want to pursue and have a future career in.

About Craig Honeybrook

Craig is the practice principal of Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy. He attained a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy degree in 2000 at Sydney University studying foot injuries in runners and anterior knee pain in cyclists. He has been working as a physiotherapist for over 20 years and moved to Canberra over 12 years ago. He has been consultant physiotherapist for Balmain Rugby League, Eastern Suburbs Rugby, Australian Track & Field and Brumbies Rugby. His special interests include lower limb biomechanics, spinal instabilities and malalignments, bike fitting, running assessments, shoulder injuries and knee injuries. Craig was a former international level middle distance runner but now enjoys endurance mountain biking achieving a 2nd placing in the 2010 World Solo 24 hour Mountain Bike Championships. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking, gym work and spending time with his family.