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Aquatic fundraiser to help Campbell after Mt Archer crash

BRAVE BOY: Rockhampton’s Campbell Miller-Waugh with his mum Veronica, dad Tim and sister Sidony.
BRAVE BOY: Rockhampton’s Campbell Miller-Waugh with his mum Veronica, dad Tim and sister Sidony. Contributed

FROM school work to triathlons, Campbell Miller-Waugh has always tackled everything in his life with drive and perseverance.

Now, that same attitude is helping him face his toughest challenge yet.

The 15-year-old Rockhampton Grammar School student suffered a serious spinal injury when he hit loose gravel and came off his bike riding down Mount Archer last month.

Speaking from the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane Tuesday, Campbell's mother Veronica said his recovery was going well.

"It's a long road, but his level of courage is a credit to him," she said.

"Not a lot of people would cope as well as he has. He always has a smile on his face."

Veronica said they had been overwhelmed by the level of support from the Central Queensland community, particularly the sporting organisations Campbell was involved in.

A swimming fundraiser will be held next week to raise money for Campbell and his family.

Lane 4 Aquatics facilities manager Ronan Foolkes, who helped organise the event, said anyone could participate.

"We will do whatever we can for the family," he said

"We want people to show their support and spread the word."

Veronica said money raised would go towards future rehabilitation programs and equipment.

For now, the family is remaining positive.

"There's a lot of humour involved," she said. "We try to make the day enjoyable when we know it's going to be a hard one.

"We don't know why it was Campbell. We ask ourselves that every day, but we will never give up."

Campbell is expected to remain in Brisbane for six to eight months.

FUNDRAISER

What: Swimming event to raise funds for the Miller-Waugh family

Where: South Rockhampton Memorial Swimming Pool

When: 6pm, July 25

Cost: $10 admission

Who: Supported by Lane 4 Aquatics, Caribeae Swim Club, Rockhampton Waterpolo Club and Rockhampton Grammar School

More info: lane4aquatics.com.au /southrockhampton

Topics:  mount archer, rockhampton grammar school, triathlete



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