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Steven Hawkins

Where do you work and what is your role?

I consult at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre as one of the senior Sports Physiotherapists. I also work at the Victorian Institute of Sport as the Head Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Vixens Netball Team.

How many years have you worked in high-performance sport and what are some of your career highlights?

I have been involved in sports physiotherapy for over 25 years. In that time I have been fortunate to have worked at both youth, and senior, Olympic and Commonwealth Games. I hold a special place, however, for the Championship winning netball teams with which I have worked, and the many close friends I have made among the staff and athletes I have worked with over my career.

What is your role in the CGA Team? 

I am the Head of Physical Therapies in the Headquarters Medical Team. I am in charge of the team of sports physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists who will be providing support to the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.

What is your favourite memory from a Commonwealth Games?

That’s an easy question. At the last Commonwealth Games I was the physiotherapist for the Australian Diamonds Netball Team that won the gold medal. The excitement and joy across the entire team of athletes and support staff was a feeling that will be hard to top!

What does it mean to be an official at a home Games?

Any time you are wearing the green and gold, with the coat of arms on your chest, is an exciting and honoured opportunity. The effort of the entire medical team in providing care and support for the athletes is, without doubt, world-class, irrespective of location. But to be at home is always just that extra bit special.