Busi­ness and plea­sure

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

OPEN­ING a phys­io­ther­a­pist clinic in North Beach about six weeks ago was more than just a busi­ness move for Chris Perkin (41).

The West Coast Ea­gles physio from Wem­b­ley Downs wanted to keep ties with his beloved North Beach Football Club, where he is a life mem­ber and played in 10 pre­mier­ships through­out his 21-year in­volve­ment.

“The club has been a huge part of my life (and it) has been amaz­ing for me,” he said.

“This is one of the main rea­sons for set­ting up a new clinic to link with the footy club and also peo­ple around the area I have known for years in North Beach.”

Mr Perkin said dur­ing his ca­reer, he had seen some hor­rific in­juries.

“There are dif­fer­ent in­juries for dif­fer­ent sports; for ex­am­ple, mainly ham­string in­juries in footy, back prob­lems in hockey and an­kle sprains in bas­ket­ball,” he said.

“The worst I saw was prob­a­bly a bro­ken bone about 15 years ago in which the bone went through the leg; another one was a ham­string that tore off the bone. That was a nasty one.”

The ath­lete and lec­turer who has worked for the Perth Wild­cats, also raises money for Sids and Kids WA since los­ing his wife Cindy in 2009 and their still­born son Jake.

“Ev­ery­one in my life has been an in­cred­i­ble sup­port to me af­ter I lost them,” he said.

“In con­junc­tion with Sids and Kids WA, we have founded the Sun­shine Beach Run, which is a mem­ory event for me and oth­ers who have lost some­one and an an­nual fundrais­ing fun run on the beach which raises much needed funds for this great cause.”

Now in his 40s, he has had to scale back on sport but it will al­ways be a part of his life.

“My sons Ben (11) and Sam (9) play sport and I love watch­ing them play,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d441205

Chris Perkin has opened a phys­io­ther­a­pist clinic in North Beach.

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