Therapy Team

Therapy Staff

Shane Kelly (Head of Physical Therapy)


  • Line manage the British Athletics therapy team.
  • Set the therapy aspect of the 2020 Medical and Therapy strategy.
  • Manage the NPI therapy clinic.
  • Manage a caseload of WCP athletes.
  • Responsible for therapy related injury surveillance, profiling and monitoring across the programme.


Gemma Jefferson (Lead physiotherapist for the Paralympic programme)


  • Clinical delivery to NPI based athletes.
  • Linking in with remote athletes and remote practitioners to assist with return to training / managing injury.
  • Develop strategies to minimise injury risk in athlete groups.
  • Lead the Paralympic therapy team at major camps / competitions.
  • Travel to other training centres and venues when needed to support athletes training away from the NPI.

Gemma qualified from University of Birmingham in 2004, and then spent 3 years working in the NHS and then in New Zealand. She has spent the last 8 years working in elite sport, with the last 5 years specialising in Paralympic sport.


Alex O’Gorman (Lead Endurance Physiotherapist – Maternity Cover)


  • Providing therapy support to endurance athletes on the WCP.
  • Physiotherapy support on camp and at competitions.
  • Therapy profiling and monitoring for the endurance programme.

Alex studied Physiotherapy (BSc (Hons)) at Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining a MSc in Strength and Conditioning (University of Salford). He previously worked in NHS orthopaedic rehabilitation and in a private musculoskeletal practice for seven years in Greater Manchester and with international athletes.