Farewell to Head Physiotherapist Jacob Monk

The Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners & Selkirk Rush Head Physiotherapist Jacob Monk has accepted a wonderful opportunity in a physiotherapist role in Tokyo, Japan.

Jacob has spent the past 2 years in a voluntary role with Basketball Ballarat overseeing the Senior Elite & Youth Programs after graduating from a Bachelor of Health Science along with a Masters in Physiotherapy Practice. The role included attending training sessions as well as managing our athletes in warm ups & recovery on game nights. Sitting next to the players on bench Jacob would assess players for acute injury assessment and care during the game.

As part of the partnership with Lake Health where Jacob was employed he would consult players during any rehabilitation along with treating injured players during the season at the clinic. Jacob would manage our injury reports and coordinate all this directly with our head coaches as well as the Strength & Conditioning Coaches.

Jacob is continuing to learn where he is currently studying a graduate certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy for further professional development.

Jacob is really excited about his new role in an English speaking Physiotherapy Clinic located in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.

‘I have relocated this week and will commence working 6 days a week after replacing a New Zealand Physiotherapist who recently accepted a position as the Physiotherapist for Japan’s National Super Rugby Team; the Tokyo Sunwolves.’ Jacob said.

The clinic Jacob will be working for is the official Physiotherapy provider for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in September & he is really excited around the possibilities of the 2020 Olympics. ‘With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics I will be seeking opportunity to be involved with it which is a really exciting circumstance for me here in Japan’ Jacob mentioned.

Jacob was extremely thankful for the opportunity with Basketball Ballarat which came about through Nick & Paula Grylewicz via Lake Health. ‘Nick & Paula are the reason I was given the opportunity to work with Basketball Ballarat and were an incredible support both during the games and outside of work which I will always be so thanful for.” Jacob said.

The culture at Basketball Ballarat Jacob was very satisfied with especially from the support of CEO Peter Eddy, both Eric Hayes, Justin Fraser, Nathan Cooper-Brown and all other coaches, staff, volunteers and players.

“The reason working there was so rewarding is because of the efforts the association go to just to include you & make it apparent immediately of how much they appreciate the role you bring to the table alogn with just how welcoming they are”

“Scott Talpey & Prue were a tremendous support that have helped lay the foundations of professionalism for the future of the programs. Melissa Thomas is an incredibly kind and motivated person who organised everything I needed & appreciative of all her efforts. I will miss the players friendliness & professionalism which was a pleasure to work with!” Jacob thanked.

On behalf of the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners & Selkirk Ballarat Rush we would like to not only thank Jacob Monk for his incredible contribution to Basketball Ballarat but wish him all the luck with his new role in Tokyo, Japan.

This year we will welcome from Lake Health Physiotherapist’s Tharindu Ranabahu who will be responsible for the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners & Emily Chung will be responsible for the Selkirk Ballarat Rush in which we are excited to have them on board.

If you would like to consider any voluntary roles at Basketball Ballarat please contact us today via www.ballaratbasketbal.com.