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Renee Junga airlifted to hospital after training crash

MTB Worlds training accident

Cycling Australia Media Release

Cycling Australia Website

Queensland cyclist Renee Junger, 20, has been airlifted to Auckland City Hospital suffering suspected spinal injuries after a training accident ahead of competition at the MTB World Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Junger, who is also a member of the BMX High Performance Program targetting the Beijing Olympic Games, crashed during training on the 4X course on Tuesday afternoon.

The Championships' medical team was quickly on the scene and she was initially taken to Rotorua Hospital. After extensive tests, including an MRI, CT scan and x-rays, doctors decided to transfer her by helicopter to Auckland City Hospital.

Her mother, Sallie Howie, was notified immediately after the accident and was on the first available flight to Auckland. She arrived shortly before midnight local time.

The full extent of Renee's injuries is not yet known. Doctors have confirmed however that she has suffered spinal trauma.

Renee, who won the silver medal at last year's BMX World Championships in France, was the 2005 Australian Female BMX Cyclist of the Year.


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