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Phillip Calthorpe from Colchester has been chosen by Ottobock Healthcare to be one of the 16 technicians from the UK take care of the equipment at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He’ll be part of the official Prosthetic, Orthotic and Wheelchair Technical Service Team.
Like the services provided by mechanics in motor-racing, Ottobock is responsible for the repair and maintenance of equipment used by Paralympians at the Games, along with 80 other technicians from around the world, working in a 6,500 square foot workshop in the Paralympic Village, and the other smaller venues around the UK.
Phillip could find himself repairing flat wheelchair tyres, carrying out complex prosthetic leg repairs and fittings and using his expert skills and creative thinking in order to fix equipment, often in very little time.
Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games providing technical service since the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, and this year will be supporting athletes with a team of 80 wheelchair technicians, prosthetists and orthotists.