Broken ankles put enduro racer out
INTERNATIONAL enduro racer Jemma Wilson has had her 2012 season cut short after fracturing both ankles in a training incident near Dubbo in New South Wales last week.
Wilson was practicing manoeuvres on a trial bike in preparation for the final leg of the World Enduro Championships when she jumped her bike off a bridge and fractured both ankles on landing.
She was in surgery yesterday to have pins put in both of her ankles to preserve strength in the joints and will be confined to a wheelchair for about five weeks.
Wilson said the manoeuvre on the trial bike went to plan until the impact of landing the bike upright fractured the bones.
The injury has ruled her out of the remainder of both the world championships, where she was running fifth overall, and the Australian Off-Road Championships where she sits at second.
She had recently returned from racing a leg of the worlds in Italy as part of her first season on the international scene.
The Italian round saw Wilson gel well with her new Swedish team and the strong support helped her put in her best international performance to date.
"It was amazing," she said of her Italian experience and new team.
Wilson had returned home to compete in Australia before the final worlds round in France in October.
She said part of the world championships included competing on trial bikes, which demanded precise bike handling over obstacles.
Wilson said trial bikes were not a requirement of Australian championships and she was practising when the injury happened.
She said the injury interrupted her plans to work on her international standings but she was positive, with plans to head back overseas full-time next year to compete in the worlds again.
"I've still achieved part of what I set out to do this year," Wilson said.