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"
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