Ever since she was a small child, Laura Penhaul wanted to be a physiotherapist. It is hard to deny that she has surely achieved her ambition and much more. After qualifying in 2004 she has worked at the trauma centre at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, designated as a centre of excellence. She has worked with the GB ski team, as well as the Paralympic ski and Paralympic summer sports teams.
Laura specialises in sports injuries – tending to the ripped muscles of Ironman athletes and ultra marathon runners. She is also an expert on spinal cord injuries. A marathon runner herself, Laura is also full of excellent tips on fitness, endurance and nutrition to keep you on track and ward off injury.
Laura also led the all-female ‘Coxless Crew’ in a record-breaking row across the Pacific Ocean on a 257-day journey from the United States to Australia. The crew rowed 24 hours a day in two-hour shifts.
Encountering heavy storms and humpback whales during the record-breaking journey, they made landfall twice – in Hawaii and Samoa, for up to a week – to restock supplies.