Neil, a key member of the Chamonix community, has over 20 years experience as a physical therapist, coach and Human Performance Consultant. Now an endurance athlete he started off as a national gymnast and rugby player making the transition to all-mountain athlete while livingin Scotland for 8 years.
With degrees in Sport Science, Physiotherapy and a Masters in Rehabilitation Science he has worked with every level of athlete and most problems that exist. Three Olympics working with athletes from many sports including track and field, cycling, skiing and Judo have been real highlights.
Chamonix has been full time home for Neil and his family for 15years where he and his wife Jackie set up La Clinique du Sport– physical therapy centre that is well known to locals and visiting athletes from all over the world, helping them recover from trauma, injuries and optimising their training. Daily work includes Guides, Ski Instructors, Olympic Champions, World Champions, UTMB winners, Sky Runners, Pierra Menta skiers and anyone who is serious about their sport. Every summer and winter he offers Run-Fit and Ski-Fit preparation with up to sixty people attending the sessions (despite limiting it to 40)
Other significant projects have been two Volvo Ocean Races (one victory) and an America’s Cup campaign where he was director of Human Performance – responsible for every element of strength training, endurance development, injury prevention, nutrition and on water EMT.
Neil has taken to the mountains after changing rugby body shape to lose 60lbs (of mostly muscle) to compete in 5 UTMBs and many other ultra-trails across the world and in winter racing skimo across France, Switzerland and Italy with events such as the Patrouilles des Glaciers. As fun as racing is, the best is sharing the mountains with his wife and two boys who ski, snowboard, ski-tour, climb and do everything fun the mountains have to offer.
Neil also offers online consultations to help plan rehabilitation programs, particularly running, skimo and ACL injury, for many athletes across the world.