Thursday, November 3, 2005
News staff writer
August 6, 2005
Gillian Honeyman is leaving her job at Hood River Physical Therapy to take on the role as Head Therapist for the U.S. Snowboarding Team. For eight and a half months Honeyman will be responsible for coordinating all medically related treatment for 45 professional athletes. She be based out of Park City, Utah and will travel with the teams to various world cup events and other competitions. Her duties will also include designing and implementing a dry land program for the half pipe kids.
The winter of 2006 is an Olympic Year, meaning Honeyman will accompany the team to the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
“We wish her the best of luck in her next eight and a half months,” commented Cindy Stephens, owner of Hood River Physical Therapy. “But we plan to have her back May 1, 2006. I have threatened to keep (her dog) Quiver and hold him for ransom until she returns. I’m open to any and all other tactics for assuring she will return. I think this is a phenomenal opportunity for Gillian and I am excited for her. We’ll miss her for eight months, but when she returns to our clinic in May, she will be bringing back with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to work with a unique group of elite athletes, and continue my development as a PT,” Honeyman said. “The experience will be awesome, and I am really looking forward to collaborating with the medical team at U.S.S.A. and its associated professionals, not to mention the athletes. Hood River has become my home and I plan to return here, and to HRPT, when my time with the team is done.”