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Welcome Nicholas Matthews

The sportsmed Massage team are happy to welcome Nicholas to our family.

Nicholas will be working primarily at the Henley Beach and Morphett Vale clinics.

We asked Nicholas a few questions to get to know him better.

Tell us about yourself?
I grew up the youngest of four children in the Adelaide hills. I enjoyed a fifteen-year career as an elite gymnast during which I enjoyed participating in State, National and International competitions. I retired at the end of 2021 and am grateful for everything sport has brought to my life. I continue with my love of health, fitness and sport and look forward to the next chapter.

Why did you become a massage therapist?
I first came to appreciate the therapeutic benefits of massage during my gymnastics career. Studies in massage suited my interest in the body and how it works, and I find it rewarding to be able to help people relieve pain, optimise function and lead their best lives.

What sporting clubs are you involved in?
I’m still personally involved in Gymnastics SA and a member of Thaxted Park Golf Club. I’ve worked as a massage therapist with The Adelaide Crows Men’s Senior team (voluntary position), Melbourne Victory Men’s and Women’s senior teams and at The Australian Swimming Championships.

Do you have any pets?
I have a very spoiled, elderly Staffy X named Pip.

What are your hobbies?
I love being active and have interests in cycling, going to the gym and most recently, playing golf with friends and family. When relaxing, I enjoy watching NBA (OKC), NFL (Seahawks) and AFL (Cats)

Have you met anyone famous?
I bumped into Bill Gates in the hallway of The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. He must have been put off by my bathrobe and sunglasses; he had an entourage when we crossed paths again the next day.

What is your favourtie band?
I enjoy an eclectic mix of Rap, Jazz and 70s classics.

Which one book you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t got around to yet?
‘Can’t Hurt Me’ by David Goggins.

What is the most fantastic thing that has even happened to you?
Representing Australia in gymnastics and winning gold with my South Australian teammates at Nationals. Celebrating my eighteenth flying in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon was pretty good too.

Who is the most inspirational person that you’ve ever met?
Clay Stephens (Australian Gymnast who has come back from 3 ACL Reconstructions) and still working towards a spot on the Australian Olympic team. Not only is he tenacious but he is one of the most humble, selfless, inspirational people I’ve ever met.

Thanks for sharing, Nicholas! We hope you’re settling in well!

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