A career as a physiotherapist was the perfect fit for sports mad Anita Selby.
Growing up in Townsville and attending the Weir State School and Thuringowa High School, Anita excelled in a number of sports including representing Queensland in softball.
``I chose physiotherapy because I was able to combine my love of sport and exercise with my interest in the human body,’’ Anita said.
As luck would have it, when Anita graduated from high school she could stay in her home town as James Cook University was offering the degree for the first time.
I chose physiotherapy because I was able to combine my love of sport and exercise with my interest in the human bodyAnita Selby
It has been 10 years since Anita graduated in the first cohort of JCU physios and has gone on to work in many different areas of physiotherapy.
``One of things I love about my job is the variety of opportunities you have,’’ she said.
Anita said while she enjoyed working in muscular skeletal she had a special interest in oncology management and lymphedema management.
Anita has worked in public hospitals, private practice and had her own business for three years.
Along the way she also added doting mum to four-year-old daughter Peyton to her resume.
Anita joined the Mater Hospital around two years ago and says it’s she loves the team environment of Allied Health.
Mater’s Allied Health team of around 50 includes; physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech pathologists and most recently an exercise physiologist.
When she is not at work, Anita still likes to get out on the sporting field but these days following a few injuries, she prefers more social competitions.
With a role model like Anita, daughter Peyton seems destined to love sport and already enjoys coming along to cheer from the sidelines.