A talented physiotherapist will embark on a ‘home run’ to France next month as part of the Great Britain Baseball team.

Although Fiona Brambley lives in Glasgow, she was born and raised in Toulouse before moving to Scotland to study in 2014.

Nowadays, she balances her work at University Hospital Monklands with a passion for sport which will see her travel to the women’s European Baseball Championships in Montpellier as the team's physio.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Fiona in action with local team Glasgow GalaxyPictured: Fiona in action with local team Glasgow Galaxy

She said: “I got into baseball just after I finished school.

“The local baseball field in Toulouse was looking for volunteers ahead of the European Championships that were taking place then.

“I got to learn about the sport during the tournament but didn’t actually start playing baseball until 2019 when I saw someone in a shop in Glasgow with a baseball bat sticking out their bag and decided to give it a shot.

“That person is now a team-mate in Glasgow.”

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As well as acting as team physio, Fiona has trained extensively with the British squad meaning she is ready to step up to the plate if any of the team are injured or can’t play.

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She said: “Of course, I’ll be trying my best in my role as physio to help keep all the girls fit.

“I’m hoping they will all be fine but I’ll be ready if called upon.

“I never expected to get this opportunity. I was just enjoying the training sessions and then I was picked for the pre-travel team.

"My mum, Joanne, and dad, Edward, have been in France for 30 plus years and they will be coming to the tournament along with some of my school friends.

"It will be nice as I’ve not been home for a couple of years.”

Aside from joining the British team, Fiona also stars as the first female player for Glasgow Galaxy as part of the Glasgow Baseball Association in the Scottish league

Hoping that her achievements will encourage other women to take part in the sport Fiona said: “I’d love to inspire more Scottish female players to take up baseball.

“Anyone who wants to get involved in a fun team sport should come along to our training in Glasgow.

“We are all a fun bunch of guys.

“Some take it very seriously and others just do it for a laugh.

“We all really enjoy it though.”

Glasgow Times: Pictured: The Great Britain teamPictured: The Great Britain team

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The Great Britain team will compete against France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands at the European Championships which will run from August 3 to 6.

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