The GHS Coast to Coast team has hit a massive setback, with the injury of kayaker Blake Robertson who fractured his neck in a trampolining accident last weekend.
Blake fractured C3 and C4 and has undergone surgery in Christchurch. His long term outlook is good but he will completely miss the 2016 Coast to Coast.
Having just returned from a New Zealand Kayak School course, Blake was training hard and starting to feel confident.
The Grey High team have managed to find a replacement kayaker, Max Rubbo who is twin brother of their cyclist George Rubbo. Max does not have the experience of Blake and will need to get a head start by attending a Kayak School course next weekend before settling in to a gruelling training regime for summer.
The boys said they have been really grateful for the support of the community. Blake is hoping to be well enough to be in the support crew and the rest of the team are hoping for no more injuries.
HELP THE GHS COAST TO COAST TEAM RECOVER FROM A MAJOR SETBACK DUE TO INJURY
WHAT IS THE FUNDING FOR?
The boys have managed to raise funds for the entry fee of $850.00. They require assistance for entering pre Coast to Coast races such as Mountain Man. Our kayaker, Max, also needs to obtain his Grade 2 certificate. He needs to attend the NZ Kayak School in Murchison to get up to the required standard.
HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY?
The three boys in our team are an inspiration to all students and staff at our school. They are leaders within their peer group already and by completing this event will enhance their leadership skills. We are lucky to have our small community behind us and local businesses have sponsored our boys. Also members of our community have loaned kayaking equipment and gear as well as biking equipment, so that these boys can compete. This is the boys chance to give back to their community.