Keagan Girdlestone #keepfightingkeagz
To assist Keagan recover from this horrific accident and rehabilitate from the massive injuries sustained. Some of which are still unknown.
Keagan (Keagz) Girdlestone, born 30th April 1997 (19yr) is a Christchurch, New Zealand - based South African cyclist of continental Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
After moving to Christchurch from Pretoria four years ago, Keagz is considered a rising star,
• 1st - In 2014 at the age of 16 he was the youngest winner of the 100km Christchurch to Akaroa race.
• 1st –Ronde des Vallees and Ain ‘Ternational-Rhone Alpes-Valromey Tour 2.1
• 4th - Junior World championships Time Trial (2015)
Further cycling stats on Keagz available on pro cycling stats website: www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=192800&season=2015&s
Then tragedy struck……
“.. Success in Australia helped fast track him into the professional scene but tragedy has struck almost straight away”… (Source, nzherald.co.za)
The Italian Coppa della Pace, being only his 2nd race in Europe this year is where the tragedy struck, and on the 5 June 2016 at approximately the 119km into the 170km race Keagz was involved in an accident with the team car and suffered severe neck injuries which were life threatening, with initial reports being that Keagz had died from his injuries.
However, these initial reports were incorrect and the prompt action by Kevin Campbell (Team Dimension Data Sports Director) paramedics and the medical staff at Ospedale Infermi Di Rimini (hospital in Rimini Italy) all contributed to saving Keagz life.
He is still currently in intensive care with severe and complicated injuries but his condition has improved since being admitted on the 5th June 2016. Initial prognosis was that Keagz would not survive. True to form and defying all odds, Keagz is fighting back!
The road to a successful recovery is expected to be long and tough… Like all professional sport people, Keagz has the self-discipline, drive and most of all that fighting spirit that drives them to be the best and he will no doubt give that same commitment to his recovery …however long it takes
Regular updates on Keagz condition can be found at:
A special thanks to:
The prompt action by Kevin Campbell - Sports Director Team Dimension Data
The lifesaving medical support received by:
• the Paramedics on site – Conti Cristian, Schirru Annalisa, Ballarini Alem
• Doctors and Nurses of the Rimini Hospital
The Metalli family of the Hotel Betulla in Rimini for their extraordinary support to Des and Wayne
Robbie Hunter of Pro Touch Global Management
Chris Froome (2 x Tour de France winner from Team Sky), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data), for their personal messages of support
Keagans’ team and the Management from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
The cycling community at large from across all corners of the world who have sent messages of support and for family, friends, colleagues for their prayers and positive messages during this time of crisis that Keagz had to endure. These have been truly inspirational to the family and Keagz…Thank you!!
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Friends and family are extremely concerned for Keagz and want to ensure that his parents can stay in Italy to support him during this challenging time. We also want to ensure that they are able to bring Keagan home as soon as the hospital will clear him to travel. That he has the best opportunity for a full recovery with access to the best medical care available.
All funds raised benefit
Keagan Girdlestone, Wayne Girdlestone and Desere Girdlestone
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