London Paralympics: Rachel Morris injured in road crash
Published: 10th Jul 2012 12:46:42
A Welsh Paralympian is battling to be fit for the London games after being injured in a collision with a car.
Rachel Morris, a hand-cyclist who won gold at Beijing in 2008, suffered whiplash and shoulder injuries in the incident during a time trial in Hampshire last Thursday.
Her condition means she takes longer to recover from injury, putting her Paralympic hopes in jeopardy.
"This has totally screwed me up," said Morris, from Milford Haven.
It follows an incident last summer in which Welsh Paralympic cyclist Simon Richardson was seriously hurt in a collision with a vehicle while training near Bridgend.
I remember looking across and I was aware that I was at the same height as the passengers in a car passing in the outside lane”
Morris, who is based in Guildford, Surrey, had been expecting to compete in the London Paralympics in August.
The crash happened on the A31 near Alton, Hampshire.
A record 38-strong contingent from Wales for the Team GB squad was revealed on Tuesday.
"I feel like everything I've worked for has been taken away," she said.
"I can't imagine not being there, but I know how long it has taken me to recover from this type of injury before, and it was longer than I now have before the games."
Morris's condition, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, involves a malfunction of the nervous system and causes extreme pain and sensory abnormalities, which previously resulted in her having her legs amputated.
When she suffers an injury, her body reacts in a damaging way which means it impacts upon her more seriously.
She said: "The bike went up into the air.
"I remember looking across and I was aware that I was at the same height as the passengers in a car passing in the outside lane."
She has been to the GB cycling team's HQ in Manchester to visit team doctor Richard Freeman for an assessment of her shoulder injury.
Her bike will also have to be replaced after one of the wheels was destroyed in the crash.
British Cycling said Morris had been a cornerstone of the GB cycling team's Paralympic squad for a number of years.
She made her Paralympic debut at Beijing, winning a gold medal in the time trial.
More recently, she won gold at the time trial and road race at the 2010 world championships, and bronze in the road race in 2011.
Paralympic gold medal winning cyclist Richardson, from Porthcawl in the Vale of Glamorgan, suffered life threatening injuries in a collision last August.
He was released from hospital in September but faces up to three years recovery.
At 08:59:40 in HeadlinesThe Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the deportation of a British tourist because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm. Here are some other ways tattoos can get you into trouble, writes Vanessa Barford.
At 08:58:07 in HeadlinesArmed pirates have raided a Japanese oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits and abducted three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
At 08:58:04 in EnglandA gunman is being hunted in Dorset after attempting to rob a bookmakers.
At 08:50:32 in SportSir Alex Ferguson will play a key role in selecting David Moyes's replacement as Manchester United manager.
At 08:46:39 in EnglandA husband and wife have appeared in court to deny charges relating to the killing of a traveller at his caravan in Hertfordshire.
At 08:38:39 in EnglandPensioners in Sussex donated £24,000 of their heating allowance to charity over the course of the winter.
At 08:18:50 in Northern IrelandFlybe is to offer flights from London after signing a five-year deal with London City Airport.
At 08:17:29 in SportAlan McManus toppled former world champion John Higgins then hit out at young players who spend too much time on the internet to stay at the top.
At 08:16:39 in Northern IrelandPolice have been called to an estate in Cork following a dispute over the installation of water meters.
At 08:01:49 in BusinessClothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston in Massachusetts.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. London Paralympics: Rachel Morris injured in road crash [Online] (Updated 10th Jul 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1439694/London-Paralympics-Rachel-Morris-injured-in-road-crash [Accessed 23rd Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Armed pirates have raided a Japanese oil tanker sailing in the Malacca Straits and abducted three crew members, officials in Malaysia say.
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.
Flybe is to offer flights from London after signing a five-year deal with London City Airport.
Sir Alex Ferguson will play a key role in selecting David Moyes's replacement as Manchester United manager.
A project telling the story behind the names on Flintshire's war memorials has received lottery funding.
The South Western Ambulance Service has "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the South West NHS 111 number, its chief executive has admitted.