Marit Kristiansen and Marcus Chong, winners of WCPT’s competition for free registration at next year’s congress in South Africa

Competition winners prepare for Congress in Cape Town

Marit Kristiansen from Norway and Marcus Chong from Singapore have won WCPT’s competition for free registration at next year’s congress in South Africa.

Ms Kristiansen, from Norway, and Mr Chong, a second-year physiotherapy student at the University of Queensland, were chosen at random in a draw of registered delegates to have their fee fully refunded ahead of the event in July 2017.

“I’m really thankful and feeling very fortunate to have the conference fees paid for,” says Chong. “I’m hoping for an eye-opening experience and to be among top physiotherapy leaders and innovators.”

More than 100 international speakers have already been confirmed to deliver a range of focused symposia on the hottest topics facing physical therapy today. As a first-time delegate, Chong looks forward to learning about how physical therapy works in a range of service settings. He also anticipates meeting peers to see how the profession can adapt to the challenges ahead.

“What I’m most excited about are the challenges and opportunities that we have as physiotherapists of the future,” he says. “Conferences have great value in advancing both the individual and the community. A learning and networking session with the most passionate and brightest minds in physiotherapy will definitely be a very inspiring experience.”

The programme for 2017 continues to expand under the guidance of Professor Dina Brooks and the International Scientific Committee, who have been selected for the breadth of their experience to ensure that the congress is relevant to all physical therapists, clinicians, managers, researchers, students and educators.

The competition winners were announced shortly after the WCPT Congress in Singapore was given a major award for international excellence. Congress registration is now open, with the abstract submission deadline fast approaching on 31st October.

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