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Alumna Camilla Smee dives into sports therapy

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Sports therapy alumna supports Team GB diving team

Successful business owner and sports therapist Camilla Smee said that if she had the opportunity to study all over again she would still choose the University of East London.

Camilla knew she had a passion for sport but wasn’t sure where it would take her. She studied a diploma in sports and exercise at college and was able to get work experience within a sports and physiotherapy team at a local football club. After completing her work placement, Camilla was determined to develop her knowledge and applied for university.

Camilla graduated from the University of East London (UEL) in 2015 after completing a degree in sports therapy. After comparing many universities, the University of East London caught Camilla’s eye. 

She said, “I chose to study at the University of East London because I love the atmosphere and the buzz of London. I thought the University had some great connections with its civil engagement, sports teams and the social and multicultural environment.”

Throughout her studies, Camilla felt fully supported by the University and said that it really helped to boost her confidence. She said, “Being dyslexic the University gave me a lot of learning support facilities, they gave me laptops, dictaphones and other tools to help with reading, writing and taking notes in lectures.”

Camilla admitted feeling anxious about asking for help prior to studying but said that she needn’t have felt that way because the lecturers made her feel at ease. Graduation was one of Camilla’s fondest memories and she praised her lecturers for all the help and support they gave her along the way.

As a student sports therapist at UEL, Camilla became a member of the Society of Sports Therapy. This provided scholarship opportunities and enabled her to connect with graduate sports therapists. 

Since graduating she has become a full member and now acts as a liaising officer speaking to first and second-year students about the opportunities available to them after graduation. She said, “It’s nice to feel as if you’re inspiring others.”

Camilla was also able to gain an internship at the London Aquatics Centre (LAC) and has since been offered permanent work there providing sports therapy to the Great Britain (GB) diving team.

Camilla’s company, Elite Injuries, runs sports therapy clinics, where she treats people suffering from a range of physical injuries.Camilla has recently returned from Russia with the GB diving team and hopes she will get to travel more often in the future. For now, her main priorities are developing her business and professional career with the GB diving team.