Paralympian and baton bearer visit GCU

23 June 2014

Bob McPherson and Thomas Goodman

Bob McPherson and Thomas Goodman

Paralympic bronze medallist Bob McPherson and Glasgow 2014 baton bearer Thomas Goodman teamed up at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to speak to first-year students on the MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration course.

Bob and Thomas, together with a group of five amputees from the Murray Foundation, visited students to share their personal experiences and to help prepare them for working with patients affected by limb loss.

Physiotherapy student Becca Asquith, 22, from Burnmouth in the Borders, said: “It was great to meet the guests and to hear about their experiences.”

Team GB curler Bob clinched the bronze in the Sochi Paralympics 2014. He said: “You can’t explain what it’s like to win. There are hundreds of emotions which run through your head and, if I was never to win another, I have this.”

Looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games, Bob spoke of his hopes for the next generation to be inspired to pursue sport.

Thomas was selected to carry the Queen’s Baton through Melrose in the Scottish Borders for his contribution to sport. Thomas coaches junior cricket at his local club, St Boswells Cricket Club.

He said: “I hope the legacy of the Games will be that people understand that we are all one, no matter where we come from. The end result is not that we won a gold medal or silver, but that people understand that everyone goes through the same struggles.”

Organiser of the day and retired GCU physiotherapy lecturer Morag Thow, said: “For over 20 years, we have been inviting people who have experienced amputation to come to the university to share their life stories with the BSc and MSc Physiotherapy students. This is a valuable opportunity to give students a deeper understanding of living with these conditions.”

To find out more about GCU and the Commonwealth Games visit GCU’s dedicated Glasgow 2014 pages.