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"Hello fellow track riders,
Firstly, to all competitors - sorry I slowed down the nights racing on Friday 26th June at Dunc Gray (it certainly wasn't in my race plan). I felt guilty for no reason really, A bit busted up and feeling a bit down does not accompany well with a trip to the hospital - especially fitted with a neck brace which in itself is a test in patience and endurance, trust me on that one!
I cannot be thankful enough to Ky (Kai) and Lucy who were quick to the scene after the fall. Ky (a professional Para-medic and his partner Lucy ( an emergency department nurse) - ( hope I have all the details right) took care of the situation with the utmost skill and care. The ambos' and hospital staff were impressed with the "beer carton" wrist/arm splint. So to you both I am forever grateful for yur immediate concern, observance, assessment and management of the situation. Everything you did was "spot on".
Thank you also to Tony and Colin the ambulance Para-medics. Tony in particular took my mind away from my pain - I was able to laugh a couple of times - someone once told me "laughter is the best medicine" - I'm not sure it worked too well on the night - bugger!! Thank you to my club racing friends who lent kind words of encouragement and helped out with my car, bike, gear etc - Branka, Tony, Braham, Bill, Angus and Christian and especially to Bill Laing who accompanied the Ambulance to Liverpool Hospital - Bill stayed till 2.00am and was my (very successful) mediator with my wife Lois - thanks mate!
After X-Rays and a CT Scan I was cleared of any broken bones or suspected injury to neck and back of head. Lois drove up from Canberra on Saturday and I was released from hospital at 4.00pm. Although missing some skin (grows back), some bruising (goes away) and my right hand bandaged (take off and throw away as necessary) I was in good spirits. Tomorrow is a new day - and folks, it always is!!
On the way home Paul Craft rang and spoke with Lois for some time and through his conversation with her I was very thankful for his call and more to the point - his call certainly gave Lois and me a huge amount of comfort. So Paul, thank you for the professional manner in which you handled this situation - you are a good man. Thank you to the people who helped trackside with the stretcher etc and people who helped in getting the Ambulance to the track and if I have missed thanking anybody - believe me - thank you.
Best wishes and kind regards to all -
It was a nasty fall, i was out the arse so really only saw the aftermath.
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Any video? I was watching it live from home but stopped about half way through the night and don't recall a crash up to that point.
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Coming up to a sprint lap in the Winners race, just a case of too many riders aiming to be in the same pieces of track. Anton fell inwards and gave his helmet a fair crack on the concrete so they were treating it as a possible head injury.
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