Botswana experience was one to savour for Sidmouth Doctor

20:34 04 September 2014

Sidmouth-based Doctor Sally Dutson thoroughly enjoyed here recent time with the England girls netball tour to Botswana.

The team, made up of girls from 15 to 18 years, won every match that they played and also defeated both the Botswana senior team and the Under-20 side.

Doctor Dutson said: “Medically, the preparations were exhaustive. I don’t think anyone realises how much planning needs to go into these type of tours. Up to a year of planning for logistics can fall apart when you get to Africa with their approach to organisation being somewhat different to ours. However, with the right planning you can adapt whilst on tour.”

She continued: “My job was to bring with us all the possible medications and equipment needed for emergencies and more routine minor illnesses and injuries. Whilst on tour I dealt with issues as they arose. Fortunately we were well prepared for the ankle injuries, head laceration and minor illnesses that occurred.

“Botswana is a developed country, having a diamond industry. This money has been invested in infrastructure so the roads, hospitals and facilities are similar to UK standards.

“The people were very friendly and helpful and as a pre-cursor for the World Youth Championships in 2017 the time, money and effort spent on the tour should be a good preparation.”

Dr Dutson returned from the tour with a wider experience of dealing with athletes when healthy and not just injured.

She said: “My own netball experience has been enhanced by seeing a tour from the organisers aspect not just as a player. I hope that in the future, Jo Avery from First Physio and myself would be able to offer more netball specific physiotherapy and sport and exercise medicine locally in Devon.”

Dr Dutson played in the Exeter Netball League for Mixers and Jo Avery turns out in the same competition for Wasps.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 20:37

William Tidball is seemingly in the fast lane to success.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:37

Sidmouth RFC is staging a Girls Rugby Fun Day early next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:34

Sidmouth ladies contested a fun competition, writes Maria Clapp.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:34

The Sidmouth Golf Club Sunday winter league put on a three man Texas Scramble competition, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:56

Sidmouth Warriors Under-9s were 3-0 winners when they took on hosts Lympstone A.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:55

Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s bounced back in impressive style and returned to the top of the table after a convincing victory at the home of local rivals West Hill Wasps.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:54

It’s always a big day on the indoor calendar when the Sidmouth ladies begin their quest in the National Top Club competition, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

Sidmouth Quins, making their first outing of the new year, served up a spirited show that combined attacking verve and determined defence as they defeated Bideford 39-22 at the Blackmore.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

The Chiefs see-saw season continued after they suffered a 12-8 defeat at bottom club Bude – a result that comes just seven days after the fine win against Wadebridge Camels, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

Where better to follow England’s progress in the upcoming Six Nations Rugby Tournament than in the atmosphere and rugby environment of Sidmouth Rugby Club enjoying a drink of your choice?

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 1°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications