I GET KNOCKED DOWN… BUT I GET UP AGAIN

Break­ing his back in an hor­rific accident has made GB ju­nior triath­lete Jamie Bed­well, 19, even more de­ter­mined to be­come an Olympian

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GB JU­NIOR ELITE triath­lete Jamie Bed­well was on his usual early Mon­day morn­ing 10k train­ing run last Oc­to­ber when dis­as­ter struck.

“I had no idea the car was com­ing from be­hind un­til I felt the im­pact,” he says.

Blinded by the glare of a low Oc­to­ber sun, the driver didn’t see the 18-year-old on the coun­try lane un­til it was too late.

Jamie re­mem­bers a burn­ing sen­sa­tion in his left leg and a spasm wrack­ing his body as the ve­hi­cle ploughed into him at 60mph. Hit­ting his head on the wind­screen, he lost con­scious­ness and came around ly­ing in thorny bushes at the road­side.

“I frac­tured my spine in two places, tore my kid­ney, suf­fered a sec­ond de­gree burn to my left calf and lost all my toe­nails on my left foot, as well as some size­able lac­er­a­tions to my head, face and el­bow,” he says.

But a spur-of-the-mo­ment de­ci­sion to tuck his mo­bile phone into the rear zipped pocket of his leg­gings for the first time ever saved him from fur­ther in­jury. “My phone took the direct im­pact from the car. It was smashed to pieces but, with­out a doubt, saved my pelvis from frac­tur­ing. I’ve still no idea why I took it that day,” he says.

De­spite his in­juries, Jamie was jok­ing with paramedics, up and out of his hos­pi­tal bed the fol­low­ing day, gin­gerly walk­ing, and home af­ter five days. “I have a lot of trust in God and the plans he has for me so I didn’t panic, ei­ther at the time of the accident or re­cov­er­ing. In­stead, I just ac­cepted it and de­cided to use it an op­por­tu­nity to be­come stronger,” he says.

Ex­actly four weeks af­ter

Jamie rac­ing at East­bourne triathlon

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