talent in accident in
members of British team including three from Olympic Academy Programme
announced that five female British riders, including three riders from its
Olympic Academy Programme, were involved in a collision with a car at about
10:30 this morning while training in Belgium.
Hannah Mayho, Lucy Martin, Katie Colclough, Emma Trott and Sarah Reynolds
were out on a ride between Brakel and Oudenaarde when the accident took
place. All five have since received medical treatment at a hospital in
Hannah Mayho, who came into direct contact with the vehicle, was initially
thought to have broken both her legs and her right arm and wrist. A second
x-ray yesterday afternoon confirmed the 19 year-old from Bradford broke one
and not two legs in the crash, as previously reported. Her left leg has been
pinned in a successful procedure and she is expected to be on her feet later
Hannah’s broken right arm and wrist are in a plaster cast. She is likely
to stay at the hospital for another week. Her parents and coach Simon Cope,
who are with her, have reported she is feeling positive.
Katie Colclough who suffered concussion was kept in hospital overnight and
is expected to be discharged from hospital today. Lucy Martin from Cheshire,
who cracked a vertebra and has been advised to rest over the coming weeks.
She is resting at the Academy House under the supervision of the GB Cycling
Emma Trott from
Hertfordshire, suffered a broken collarbone and a black eye and Sarah
Reynolds hurt her hand and split her chin. Trott, has been released from
hospital, as has 18 year-old Reynolds.
Simon Cope, the Olympic Academy Programme Coach, is with the five riders in
Belgium. All families have been informed and the priority now is to bring
the athletes back to the UK as soon as possible. “We are all feeling much
more positive today. All the people here have been really great and have
rallied around to help us.”
Out thoughts go out to the riders and we wish them a speedy recovery - WCN
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