CLAIRE Morrison, the 2010 female over-25s national BMX champion, has proven she is one tough competitor in the past.
In 2009, Claire suffered a double break in her pelvis, as well as broken ribs, a broken elbow, a dislocated knee and very heavy internal bleeding with bruising down the spine – and she still fought back to claim the championship in the next campaign.
However, the Hemel rider has now suffered a fresh injury setback which has ruled her out of this year’s World Championships.
And to make things worse for Claire, this will be the first time in 15 years that the competition has featured on home soil.
“I’m pretty much devastated,” Claire said. “It would have been great with home support for my sponsors.
“But I had a crash a couple of weeks ago, and to be honest I’ve had so many that I just got up and carried on.
“I must have cracked my spine a bit during the crash because when I was training at Birmingham two weeks ago, I think I went over a jump and damaged it further.”
After receiving conflicting explanations from the hospital, she went to see her doctor who then transferred her to an osteopath. The problem was picked up then, and a return to the hospital for an x-ray revealed the fracture.
Claire decided to visit a specialist in Ipswich, where she underwent three hours of laser surgery in an attempt to fuse her bones back together. She says it has sped up her recovery progress by five or six weeks, and her spine is strong enough for everyday use.
And the gutsy rider is already planning her comeback to the track.
“As soon as I feel comfortable enough to ride I will, and my target is the next national event in seven weeks,” she said.
“The good news is that I’ve only missed one weekend, and my ambition remains to finish in the top three at the end of the season.”
> Pic - Claire Morrison in action this season before her injury.