The Latest from Dr. Jack Taunton


The last day of rowing was amazing with the tremendous help by the medical support team headed by Dr. Mike Wilkinson. I worked there 3 days and then headed over to Field Hockey where I saw a great game between Great Britain and Canada that unfortunately saw Great Britain tie it up in the last three minutes. Physiotherapist Scott Fraser and Dr. Connie Lebrun (formerly from North Vancouver and now living in Edmonton) are holding that team together. Unfortunately with the tight accreditation numbers the team’s long time physician Navin Prasad was unable to accompany the team to China. VANOC Medical and Doping managers are arriving to observe their respective areas – Jeremy Luke over now observing the doping control operations for 5 days. Like me he was impressed with the Doping process here in China and quality of Doping Control Officers and Chaperones. The lab is also very impressive and Dr. Christiane Ayotte who heads up Canada’s WADA accredited lab in Montreal is a member of the IOC Medical Commission supervising the lab. VANOC’s Imaging Manager, Dr. Bruce Forester from UBC Hospital, is here for 5 days along with our Partners in Emergency Preparedness from Vancouver Coastal Health and Ministry of Health. They now have a complete feel for the Games and also visited the Athlete Village. This all gives us more confidence that your planning for 2010 is solid. Today Bob Alexander (BC Ambulance) and Dr. Dory Boyer arrive to review Ambulance services to the Athlete Village and Venues and the Olympic Family Hotel and Media Centre, all of which we will be responsible for. Over the next three days, I will be covering more Field Hockey and spending some time at Canoe/Kayak where I will be able to catch up with Don McKenzie – the Canadian team’s long time team physician.

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