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
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