Introducing Pete . . .
Why did you become a Physio?
As an active teenager I had a few sporting injuries but there was one in particular that left me unable to walk properly. When my mother dragged me along to the physio I was amazed to learn that my back was causing the pain and weakness in my leg. The exercises the physio taught me helped me recover in a short time and get back to playing sport. When I decided I wanted to work in the health field I knew Physiotherapy was the career for me.
Where did you work before joining Personal Best?
Since completing my physiotherapy training in 2003 I have worked in public hospitals, rehabilitation and outreach centres in both Victoria and Queensland. I have taught at Charles Sturt University for the last 10 years and most recently worked at another private clinic in the local area.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
When not at work my time tends to focus on my 2 children (9 and 6 years old) be it playing soccer in the backyard, going for a bike ride or “playing vets”. There is also a fair bit of meal preparation, laundry and cleaning shared with my lovely wife, When I’m not busy with my kids I like to go for a run and play basketball.
How did you get started with that?
I won’t bore you with how I became a parent to 2 children . . .
I have played social basketball regularly (with the occasional break) for 28 years. For the last 10 years I have played in a weekly competition with the same group of men that includes 2 of my brothers-in-law. This is a great mental break from day-to-day routine and the physical activity keeps me healthy. But just as important, the regular connection with friendly people at a similar life stage provides great support, as we share a laugh about our days and swap thoughts on our challenges and solutions.
What’s your funniest moment doing your favourite thing outside work?
Most of my basketball teammates are in a similar life stage with young children of their own. One day my brother in law who rarely misses a game failed to show up . . . We took it in turns to call him repeatedly before, during and after the game, thinking something must be wrong. When we eventually made contact with him it turns out that he fell asleep singing “baa baa black sheep” to his young daughter at her bedtime and slept right through the game!