Osteopath off to Olympics with triathletes

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 19/05/2012
Mick McBeth
ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ
OLYMPICS BOUND: Osteopath Mick McBeth will accompany the New Zealand triathlon team to London.

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Taranaki is guaranteed at least some representation at the London Olympics, even if it is not an athlete.

New Plymouth osteopath Mick McBeth leaves with the New Zealand triathlon squad for Europe on Monday in preparation for July's sporting showpiece.

A new position in the team's support crew, McBeth started his contract with Tri New Zealand late last year and has been with the squad at several training sessions before crossing the Tasman to work with the athletes at last month's ITU race.

McBeth will work with all of the eight-man New Zealand squad, although his contact with some of the athletes has been limited.

"I look after the core group, depending on where they are because some, like Bevan Docherty, train in the United States the whole time, so I only really see him at races," he said.

"But the majority of them I am working with, although they tend to come and go because their coaches are in Australia, America or Europe."

Having done his thesis on the effects of managing cycling discomfort, McBeth thought he could offer the squad valuable input.

"It's really good timing [with the Olympics] because it's a big year and I'm pretty lucky to be involved," he said.

McBeth said he had been well received by the athletes who had already seen the benefits of what an osteopath can offer a squad.

"A lot of the French teams, where some of our guys train, use osteopaths and in Europe it's quite common. Some of the [New Zealand] athletes really pushed for it and I had a bit of a trial before I was contracted and they [NZ Tri] were pretty happy."

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