Former marathon runner in airlie beach

FORMER Commonwealth Games marathon runner Lauren Shelley has had to contend with a lot of physio and rehabilitation in recent years after her dream to run for Australia at the Beijing Olympics was shattered when she tore her meniscus in April 2008.

After having made a full recovery, it is Shelley's turn to help with other people's injuries during a five week locum stint at Airlie Beach Physiotherapy.

Shelley, a West Australian who has been working as a physiotherapist for about 10 years, is currently on a working holiday with her boyfriend Greg Bayley and has found that working as a locum at various physiotherapy practices is the best way for her to get the flexibility she needs to put in a full training load.

Shelley and Bayley left WA in December to drive across the Nullarbor so they could take part in races on the east coast and when Shelley saw a locum position in Airlie Beach advertised she jumped at the chance.

“I saw that Alec (Bragg, Airlie Beach Physiotherapy owner) was looking for someone and we were coming up this way anyway for Greg's half ironman in Yeppoon so it seemed like a good fit,” she said.

The couple have made an immediate impact in the Whitsundays, with each winning their category in the 10 kilometre Run for a Cure on Sunday.

This was a fantastic effort from Shelley, particularly as she was coming off a win in the Gold Coast Marathon the weekend before - a run which typically takes several months to completely recover from.

Shelley's recent good form indicates that she has made a full recovery from her heartbreaking 2008 injury and she hopes to start making Australian teams again soon.

“My first goal is to qualify for next year's Commonwealth Games,” she said.

“After that I'm definitely aiming for the London Olympics because it was really disappointing to miss out on Beijing.”


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