Holly’s Games Recap

Holly Lipson

April 8, 2022

Our Sports Physiotherapist Holly has just returned from a large stint of international travel with the Australian Para Alpine team.

Holly was acting physiotherapist for the team at World Championships in Norway, the Swedish World Cup and finished the season in Beijing at the Winter Paralympics. In a difficult season for the team there was some great training and results achieved during January and February in the lead up to the games. The challenges of COVID were felt by the team and made training availability and travel all the more difficult.  However, this made the entire Beijing experience all the more enjoyable and something to be celebrated.

The Winter Paralympics were a huge highlight of the trip for Holly.  The games marked the end of an era for long time athletes Mitch Gourley and Melissa Perrine who announced their retirement at the end of the games and were flag bearers at the opening ceremony, of which Holly marched with the team.  Each have each seen great success in their careers and time in Para Alpine Skiing. Holly has worked closely with both Mel and Mitch over the years and it was privilege for her to be there in their final season and final Winter Paralympics of their careers.

Four time World Champion, Melissa Perrine and guide Bobbi Kelly, achieved an outstanding 6th in the Women’s Visually Impaired Giant Slalom event and following her fourth Winter Paralympics, enters retirement as one of the greats of Australian Winter Paralympic Sport. Mitchel Gourley placed 10th in the Mens standing Giant Slalom, and similarly to Mel, enters retirement following his fourth winter Paralympics with a highly decorated career.

Vision impaired skier Patrick Jensen and guide Amelia Hodgson achieved great results placing 6th in Super-G, 6th in Slalom and 8th in Downhill while debutant sit skier, Josh Hanlon placed an outstanding 6th in the men’s sit ski slalom, an excellent result considering he is new to the sport.  Rae Anderson, also in her first winter games, finished 7th in the women’s standing slalom event. Two time Paralympian, Sam Tait, did not have the success he had hoped for in the speed events yet vowed to come back stronger for Cortina 2026.

Holly is now back home and working 5 days a week from our Torquay clinic. She has a depth of knowledge in injury prevention and management of winter sport specific injuries as well as developing pre season conditioning programmes for winter sport athletes. Her interest areas include acute and chronic knee and shoulder injuries.

Give us a call or book online to see Holly today!

About Holly

Holly Lipson is a titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist with special interests in the shoulder, knee and concussion. Holly works from our Torquay clinic. Holly also works with the Australian Olympic Winter Institute and Snow Australia. She has also travelled with the Para Alpine team in their 2022 Winter Paralympic campaign as a physiotherapist. To book an appointment with Holly call 52772151 or book online.