A graduate sports therapist will get the chance to spend time with a top Canadian ice-hockey team after winning a scholarship.
Sheena Davis, from Aylesbury, won this year’s Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling Scholarship to Canada award.
The 21 year old will be based in Ontario and Toronto in Canada throughout her trip.
Sheena is a former student at Mandeville School and Waddesdon School’s sixth form who went on to graduate from the University of Central Lancashire with first class honours.
She will be based at the University of Windsor, Ontario for the first part of her trip.
She said: “I’m stunned. It’s absolutely amazing. I can’t really believe it yet. It’s still a bit surreal.”
Whilst there, Sheena will be spending her time with the Athletic Therapy Team, who provide rehabilitation services for the university’s sports teams.
Sheena will also be given the opportunity to spend time with other top sports teams, including the Windsor Spitfires, one of Canada’s leading professional junior ice hockey teams, and she will visit the Loaring Physiotherapy Clinic in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The final part of Sheena’s stay will be spent in the Toronto area, visiting teams and universities running athletic therapy programmes.
Professor Graham N. Smith, chairman of the Society of Sports Therapists said: “This is the seventh year that we have had the opportunity to choose a graduate from a degree programme that the society accredits, to experience what we believe is a very exciting opportunity.
“Each year, the graduate chosen has been an excellent ambassador for both The Society of Sports Therapists and their university and I know that Sheena will maintain this record.
“Her interview was excellent and, while the other graduates interviewed made the selection very difficult, Sheena had that certain X-factor that made her a unanimous choice.”
The Society of Sports Therapists was established in 1990 to help with the growing need to support people injured through playing sport.
The society also works with more tha n 20 UK universities which offer sports therapy courses including Bucks New University.