Gabi is originally from West Wales and graduated from a 3 year degree with BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2018.
Having always been active and a keen sports participant herself, she wants to help others be able to do the same, whatever their level of activity.
Her own sporting experience has seen her compete for the British team in the Kayak Women's category of Canoe Slalom in recent years and she still competes at a high level both nationally and internationally.
During her time at university she was fortunate to have the opportunity to gain experience with the Dragons Rugby Union team.
A highlight of her career so far was the opportunity to provide sports massage to the Wales U20’s rugby team during the 2016 Six Nations tournament.
Q&A with Gabi
What is the best thing about being a sports therapist?
Being able to help people perform at their best.
What sports are you interested in?
Kayaking, climbing, running, skiing, mountaineering, rugby and yoga.
What sports do you do?
I mainly kayak, but I do a lot of cross training including gym, running, yoga and possibly my favourite, climbing!
What is your favourite muscle and why?
My favourite muscle would have to be Serratus Anterior. Also known as the boxer's muscle, as it is primarily responsible for bringing the shoulder blade forward and around the ribcage when pushing your arm out in front of you, much like a punching action. It is also the only thing that connects the shoulder blade directly to the ribcage as part of the scapulothoracic joint, meaning it plays a huge part in shoulder stability.
What is your favourite joint and why?
In a similar trend, my favourite joint is the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, which join the arm and the shoulder blade. It is a ball and socket joint like the hip. The hip is very stable due to a high amount of contact between surfaces, whereas the shoulder can be likened to a seal balancing a ball on its nose. This means it is very unstable joint and known for dislocating and therefore often requires some attention!
What is your favourite stretch for the body?
I love the sumo squat stretch which targets your hips, groin and even opens out the chest. I usually place my elbows on the inside of my knees, with palms together and focus on keeping my back straight, taking a few deep breaths as I hold the pose. An easy stretch to do anywhere!
Who is your favourite sportsperson at the moment and why?
Shauna Coxsey is a British climber who mainly competes in bouldering and was the overall bouldering World Cup winner in 2016 and 2017. During 2018 she had a few setbacks due to injury, but always portrays a positive attitude toward her rehabilitation, as well as some really cool training ideas! A truly inspiring woman in sport and one to watch with climbing making its debut at the 2020 Olympics.
What are your sporting goals?
My current goals are to represent Britain in Canoe Slalom in both my age group (U23) and at Senior level, whilst long term I would love to compete in the Olympics.
You are stranded on a desert island and are only allowed to have three things with you - what are they?
A sun hat (one of the round ones)