Success Story - International Freestyle Skier, Samantha Wells

Success Story - International Freestyle Skier, Samantha Wells from Advanced Physiotherapy & Injury prevention

By: Advanced Physiotherapy & Injury prevention  06-Oct-2011
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NSW's hometown favorite, Samantha Wells has been a patient of Advanced Physiotherapy since before high school, and we wish her all the best as she soars high toward Olympic medal status. 

Since the age of 3, Samantha was an avid gymnast, but a complete Achilles tendon rupture at the age of 15 put Samantha's gymnast aspirations out of reach.  The injury required surgery and months of physiotherapy.  As one would expect from a dedicated athlete, Samantha says the setback put her in a "somber space."  Fortunately, Samantha's natural talent, competitive spirit, and what her grandmother describes as "high on life attitude" prevailed.

One year later, in 2006, Samantha was one of two girls recruited by Australia Women's Aerial Skiing Development Team.  That's the same squad that developed Olympic Gold medalist Lydia Lassila.  Samantha now competes internationally and reliably finishes in the top 10. 

We received an email from Samantha recently, and she shared this photo.  She recently placed fourth at an International Ski Federation competition.  Samantha has been training at the Utah Olympic Park in the U.S., learning new tricks, preparing for the Olympic Winter Games, and also targeting the FIS Freestyle World Cup circuit.  Samantha tells us there are not many winter athletes from New Castle.  She misses the beach and home sometimes.  Samantha says her body is holding up well and she's "having an absolute ball pushing the limits." 

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