Leigh Baker completed his initial massage training in 1987. His first professional appointment was in early 1989 with the Melbourne Football Club (the Dees, then in VFL, now AFL) where he remained until 2009. Later in 1989, he gained a placement with Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre (OPSMC). During his time at OPSMC Leigh’s involvement with most sports, recreational, state, national and international, has been extensive.
In 1993 Leigh Baker joined Melbourne University Sport and remained there till 2013. While there, he attended two World University Games (Isle of Majorca, Spain, and Beijing, China) as a massage therapist to the Australian contingent.
Currently, Leigh Baker is part of the ”Players Medical Services” team for PGA Australia treating at major golf tournaments in Victoria and NSW.
Throughout his 28 years in sports and general massage Leigh Baker has practiced in multi-disciplinary clinics and venues alongside specialists in all aspects of health care and fitness. Although Leigh concentrates on soft tissue conditions if his clients require more than soft tissue treatment he is able to provide access to premium health care and fitness options. Leigh believes that pro-active massage is preferable to reactive massage.
In 2010, Leigh attended Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy and acquired his “Diploma in Remedial Massage” and enjoyed the experience.
Currently, Leigh is completing a course in Equine Therapy in Creswick, Victoria.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Massage Therapist (HOD) – Melbourne Football Club (1989-2009)
- Massage Therapist – Melbourne University Sport (1991-2013) World University Games, Majorca, Spain (1999), Beijing, China (2001)
- Massage Therapist – PGA Tour (Australian Masters open) 2006
- Massage Therapist – Iron Man Foster (2002-2009)
- Represented OPSMC at most national and state athletic and swimming competitions throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s
- Most memorable sporting experiences:
Marching with the Australian team into the opening Ceremony of the Beijing World University Games with 60,000 in the stadium; Trying on my “official” Australian Tracksuit for size, seeing my image in the mirror and realising, along with 150 other Aussies I was to represent my fabulous country!
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