Lewie started climbing with his father, Tony as a way of escaping a house of 3 sisters and to take part in a sport that he found far more fun than any covered in school PE.
Following sixth form in 2011, Lewie took a year out of studying to travel around India and Vietnam where he volunteered in orphanages for street children. He also completed voluntary work closer to home including a summer activities camp for children with disabilities and Norwich’s first wheelchair basketball club, Norwich Lowriders. This lead to formal qualifications in wheelchair basketball coaching and umpiring.
Lewie enrolled on the BSc Physiotherapy degree programme at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2012, and completed 6 successful clinical placements in therapy departments across the county. These placements included musculoskeletal outpatients, stroke and neurological inpatients, respiratory, orthopaedics and paediatrics. September 2012 also marked the opening of Norwich’s first dedicated climbing centre, Highball Norwich. Lewie jumped at the opportunity to join the Highball team, where he worked as a duty manager and coach of the junior Blocademy team until spring 2015. Lewie also began to discover the links between climbing and physiotherapy, researching methods for injury prevention and climbing specific rehabilitation. He ran climbing injury prevention workshops at Highball’s BigFlash Competition festival and attended the BMC’s Climbing Injury Symposium in 2014.
In the summer of 2015, Lewie became a chartered physiotherapist, graduating from the UEA with a first class honours. He also became an accredited Sports Massage Practitioner. And in August 2015, he began work as a rotational Physiotherapist in East Anglia. Amongst all of this, Lewie and Scott have been working hard behind the scenes to set up this exciting new business venture and health and sport service for climbers: Climbing Physio.