Renee Junga Appeal
raise funds for Australian
MTB rider launched by National Bodies
Cycling Australia Media
Motocross Australia (BMXA), Cycling Australia (CA) and Mountainbike
Australia (MTBA) today jointly launched an appeal for injured athlete Renee
The 20 year old, who won a Silver Medal at last years World BMX
Championships in France and was the 2005 Australian Female BMX Cyclist of
the Year, crashed on August 22nd while training on the 4X (Four-Cross)
course in preparation for the World Mountainbike Championships in Rotorua,
NZ. Renee broke the C1 and C2 bones in her neck and suffered spinal trauma
at the T6 vertebrae. She also suffered two broken ribs and a fractured
sternum. Surgeons operated to fuse together the bones in her neck and to
insert a surgical rod and screws to stabilise her spine. Renee remains in
Auckland City Hospital recovering from the surgery but is expected to fly
back to Brisbane late this month where whe will initially be admitted to the
Princess Alexandra Hospital.
"The purpose of the appeal is to raise funds to assist Renee with
the challenges she faces in the future," said Cycling Australia
CEO, Graham Fredericks. "A number of fund-raising efforts have
already commenced in Australia and New Zealand and this support is greatly
appreciated by Renee and her family.
"Renee is a very strong and determined young woman and we all
wish her well with her rehabilitation," said BMXA Australia
President, Graham Arnold.
Renee yesterday was visited by former motorcyle Motocross racer Niki Urwin
who suffered spinal injuries in a racing accident in Horsham, Victoria
several years ago. Urwin, who is paralysed from the chest down, is the coach
of New Zealand mountain bike cyclist Vanessa Quin.
"It was good to speak to someone who has actually been through
what I am going through," said Renee. "He told me
about what I can expect and shared some of his experiences with me."
Today Renee achieved a milestone when she sat upright for the first time.
"I got onto the edge of the bed, feet on the ground and bent at
90 degrees," said Renee. "It only lasted for about
five minutes because I got a bit dizzy but the physios were pretty happy
"They are going to set me up with a temporary wheelchair later
Renee has been fitted with a brace, neck to waist, which she must wear for
around twelve weeks but says the pain from her surgery is beginning to ease.
"Today I also saw the dentist about my left molar which I cracked
pretty badly in the crash," she said. "They'll probably try and
put a temporary cap on it next week but there's not a lot more they can do
until the brace comes off because it restricts my neck movement."
People who wish to contribute to the Renee Junga Appeal can do so by:
– payable to
ACF – Renee Junga Appeal
C/- PO Box 7183
Bass Hill NSW 2197
Credit Card – (Mastercard, Visa, Bankcard)
by phone to CA (02) 9644 3002 or in writing by fax (02) 9644 3006 or e-mail
Direct Deposit (Commonwealth Bank)
BSB: 062 314
Account No: 1008 8234
Branch: Flemington Markets (Sydney, NSW)
(Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of your contribution
amount, time of deposit and contact details so we can record and respond to
your valued support)
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