Region: STA Scotland
STA meet a Regional Rep Claire Semple East Scotland
Hi, I am Claire Semple, and I live in Dundee on the East coast of Scotland. I first qualified in Swedish Massage and followed that with Remedial and Sports Massage the next year upon leaving University of Dundee with a BSc in Sports Biomedicine, I got little stuck after finishing and couldn’t continue the way I wanted… but have never looked back since going down the therapy route.
I worked on and off being a therapist over the years, 2014 I really got back into after being asked to become the sport therapist for the Men’s Roller Derby Scotland squad as they embarked into the first Men’s Roller Derby World Cup in Birmingham (6 years later this week, we would have been in St Louis for the fourth World Cup). On the back of this I began practising part time again, which eventually led to Semple Sports Therapies opening and went full time in August last year after deciding to leave my post as a college lecturer at Dundee and Angus College lecturing in Sports and Science.
Roller derby is my main area of sport, I also play for my local League and Scotland Women’s Roller Derby squad. Football is my second area; I am sports therapist for Dryburgh Athletic Ladies who are in the Women’s Scottish League, and just as lockdown began, I was in the process of signing with Dundee United Junior Academy as a therapist. I cover many sports and activities, and my knowledge and experiences over the years have given me many great opportunities to learn and work with many individuals and teams from all over the World.
Looking forward, I have signed up to the Osteopathic Articulation course with OMT in October, hopefully my SFA First Aid will take too, and any other CPD that takes my fancy and whatever I can get too. Mostly though by business, getting it back to where it was before lockdown in March.
As East Scotland Representative I want to engage with therapists in this area as often as we can, I am always available to contact whenever you need advice or to chat about anything work related.