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I was one of Australia’s elite women road cyclists, I rode with a professional team in Europe and I was also a member of the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport.
That was until 2005 when I was involved in a tragic accident in Germany while training for a race. An out of control vehicle took the life of team mate Amy Gillett and seriously injured the rest of the team.
I suffered some major injuries and I’ll list them bellow:
- Severed left patella tendon
- Bone missing in the left knee
- Broken right leg
- Shattered left hand
- Collapsed lung
- Broken left ribs
- Cuts all the way down my right arm
- Left leg was initially to be amputated (ooch) and that’s about it….
As you can see it was pretty bad and I remained determined to achieve what I had planed through my cycling career. However, even though I eventually made it back overseas and onto the pro circuit, my body has not recovered as I would have hoped.
Life wasn’t easy on the road to recovery and I’m still not there yet, I have had 9 operations but was left with one major decision – RETIREMENT !! Those of you who know a professional athlete will appreciate the difficulty in making that decision.
Today is a date that will stick in my mind for a very long time. Each year it gets a little easier and hopefully not just for myself but for everyone involved.
It has made me think though, things happen in life and we continue to try and work them out but can’t come up with the answers. At this point I have reached the stage of no explanation, besides the fact that everything happens for a reason.
In my case I would never have met my now fiance, Tom and be expecting our first child. Over time, following the accident, the surgeons had assured me I would never conceive a child and yet it has happened and again I find myself in search of a reason behind how and the only answer I could come up with was it was meant to be….
Life is about change and without it we would be stuck going around and around and around, I’m not saying it’s easy by any means, however at some point it becomes ok to say to yourself, “I have new adventures and experience’s to live” and that no matter what, I will always remember that day and wonder why… I do however believe I have been granted a chance and the gift of being here in this life is to make the most of everyday.
I will always remember Amy, as a team mate and as my friend and I wish her family the best on this day, today and every year as the pain passes and is replaced by precious memories.
Getting to where I am now and being able to walk would not have been possible with out the help of the following people:
That wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the following people:
- Australian Institute of Sport staff
- Skins (recovery)
- Rudy Project (eye wear)
- Mannatech Australia (vitamins)
- FRF Couriers (Colonago bike)
- Dr Dixon
- Andrew Hunter (physio)
Last but not least…. MY FAMILY & BOYFRIEND (they rock!)