Body Performance Clinic’s main man, Craig Newlands, is heading to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast at the end of the month.
Selected by the NZOC, Craig Newlands is taking on the role of physiotherapist to the full Kiwi team – approximately 250 athletes across a range of disciplines.
Newlands said he is pumped for it. “Being back in that environment again, in the village with all our amazing athletes. Especially for Commonwealth Games, because we do well as a country,” he said.
“It’s going to be a good, exciting atmosphere, and being so close to home in the Gold Coast, there will be a lot of support from Kiwis going over and those living in Aussie too.”
This is New Zealand’s 21st appearance at the Commonwealth Games, Kiwis having competed since the Games came into inception in 1930.
Newlands is excited to cover the big team.
“Every sport has its unique injuries, and you’ve got all sorts of physiques to work with – the tiny gymnasts, the big hammer throwers, the basketballers and rugby players, all mingling around in one spot.
“For a lot of these athletes, this is their moment, competing on the world stage. This is the pinnacle. To be a part of that is pretty remarkable.”
This will Newland’s first Commonwealth Games, following being the NZ Rowing Team physiotherapist at the 2012 London Olympics and part of the Core Health Team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He will be in the Gold Coast from March 25 right through to the Games’ end on April 15.