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Olympic Gold Medalist Thanks Midlands Surgeons for Crucial Knee Surgery

Olympic Gold medal winning sailor Sarah Webb is to pay a special visit to the University of Warwick in Coventry to thank surgeons from Warwick Medical School and the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, for crucial knee surgery that saved her career.

Sarah will give a presentation outlining her experiences to an international conference on "Sports Knee Surgery" which has been organized by a Warwick Medical School team that includes the surgeon who operated on her knee.

Britain won its first gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games when Sarah Webb and team mates Shirley Robertson, and Sarah Ayton triumphed in sailing's Yngling class (a small racing keel boat). She then snapped her cruciate ligament in one knee imperiling her dream of winning Gold again in the Beijing Olympics. Warwick Medical School surgeon Tim Spalding performed the operation which will allow Sarah to return to Olympic class competitive sailing

Warwick Medical School was founded just 5 years ago but has quickly gained a formidable international reputation for the quality of its arthroscopic surgery work - particularly sports knee injuries, and hip problems. This significant reputation has allowed it to mount a Sports Knee Surgery Conference which has attracted some of the key figures in this field - including Manchester United team doctor Mike Stone, and Colorado based knee specialist Richard Steadman who Alan Shearer described as the "The genius who saved my career".

Sarah's surgery was carried out by Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust's orthopaedic surgeon Tim Spalding. The expanding specialist department consists of over 20 orthopaedic and trauma consultants providing specialist musculo-skeletal care and is supported by the academic department under the leadership of Professor Damian Griffin at the University of Warwick.

Professor Damian Griffin said: "We are delighted that Sarah is one of our speakers at this conference. The Sports Knee Surgery conference provides delegates with the opportunity to discuss and debate the topic both with leading surgeons and leading sports figures"

Interview Photography and Filming opportunity - Sarah Webb and Warwick Medical Surgeons Professor Tim Spalding and Professor Damian Griffin will be available for interview in the reception of the University of Warwick's Scarman House at 2.10pm on Monday 31st October.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager,
University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 523708
or 07767 655860 email: p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk

PR79 PJD 28th October 2005