AECC Alumna at the Paralympic Games
Posted on Tuesday September 13 2016 by Terri Hignett
2010 graduate Tamar Bakker has been in touch with us all the way from from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where she was attending for the second time to support the Dutch swimming team. She writes:
At the time I am writing this, it is day five of the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro. So far it has been a great competition. I have been working as a chiropractor for the Dutch swimming team for 5.5 years now and these are my second games. It is fantastic to work with this team. Professionally it is a great challenge to work with disabled athletes and keep a good muscle balance in a body where for example a limb is missing.
On average the swimmers train 30 hours a week, 20 hours of which are in the pool. I work with them three days a week, for a few hours a day. When i’m not working with the team I work in a private multidisciplinary practice in Amstelveen, where we work with all level athletes.
The atmosphere in the pool is fabulous! The crowd is amazing. Our athletes are doing great and seeing that makes all the hard work of the past few years worthwhile. At this moment we have won 11 medals of which two are gold. The working days are long and with 19 swimmers on the team there are no days off, so i’m off back to work!