BMX star Wil­loughby pro­gresses to a crawl

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AUSTRALIAN Olympian Sam Wil­loughby says his re­cov­ery from the BMX cy­cling crash that paral­ysed him con­tin­ues pos­i­tively.

But he ac­cepts his rac­ing days are over, fo­cus­ing on walk­ing fi­ancee Alise Post down the aisle when they marry on De­cem­ber 31.

Wil­loughby, a London Olympics sil­ver medal­list in 2012, has pro­gressed from cy­cling on a sta­tion­ary bike to crawl­ing on his hands and knees. The 25- year- old from Ade­laide said he was con­stantly im­prov­ing at re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cises.

“I can ride the bike pretty eas­ily now and am do­ing quite a bit of crawl­ing,” Wil­loughby told News Corp Aus­tralia from the United States, where he’s re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

“I’ve pro­gressed to us­ing an­kle weights when I do that now to try to strengthen up what­ever func­tion I’ve got in my hips.”


OVER THE TOP: Mar­i­anVix­ens player Mo Sam passes over Phoenix cen­tre May Nona in their Townsville Premier League Net­ball clash.

Sam Wil­loughby of Aus­tralia.

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