The BMX community is rallying behind one of their own after hearing the news about his serious crash earlier in the month.
Kelmscott resident Jamie Gill broke his scapula and ribs, punctured a lung, cracked his pelvis and was knocked unconscious after he came off his bike while competing in the state round at Hills BMX Club on August 11.
The force of the crash was so severe he managed to crack his carbon fibre helmet all the way through to the shell.
Mr Gill said a crash like this would be enough to shake any rider but he knew that in good time he would be back on the bike competing as normal.
“Every time we gear up for this sport we know it’s a risk we are taking, it just sucks when you do finally take a fall,” he said.
“I will miss a couple of state rounds in Mandurah and Geraldton and also the state championships in southern districts, which means I will not be backing up my podium finish from last year.”
Upon hearing the news of his accident, a few families decided to set up a GoFundMe page to assist with Mr Gill’s medical expenses and his
cost of living while he is off work and recovering.
The page has raised more than $1700 in 17 days.
Mr Gill said he is forever grateful for the support he has received and hopes to be back on his bike as soon as possible after his rehabilitation.