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Canoeist swaps paddles for patients in return to medicine

Olympic hopeful Doctor Chloe Bracewell put her medical aspirations on hold two years ago in order to put herself in the best possible place to win a coveted spot on Team GB in Tokyo this summer.

Reid and Bracewell

Dr Chloe Bracewell (back) racing with C2 partner Katie Reid.

However, following the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic, she has opted to return to the NHS as a call taker on the 111 service, assisting patients over the phone.

She said: 

“I love my sport but what it most important right now is keeping people safe and well. It was important for me to join the call to arms and return to the NHS.

– Dr Chloe Bracewell

“I’ll be answering calls on the 111 service, giving advice to patients from there.

“We’ve been really focussed on training and getting into the best shape possible ahead of our trials but clearly COVID-19 is bigger than anything else right now and I’m glad I can do my bit to help.”

Chloe graduated from Nottingham University in 2015 and split her time between training at Holme Pierrepont with completing her Foundation year until she decided to take a break to train full time.

From the middle of next week, Chloe will be combining her shifts on the phone with training in her makeshift gym, in a former sheep barn where she is currently living.

Last week she featured on BBC East Midlands Today - watch the clip below.