Lorian determined to get back on bike

THERE is no doubting the courage and strong spirit of former Rockhampton cyclist Lorian Graham who is already thinking about getting back on the bike again next year.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin from Germany, Lorian's mother Lorna, of Rockhampton, said Lorian told her: "I will be racing again''.

Lorian, 27, remains in a German hospital recovering from mul- tiple injuries she sustained in an horrific crash which killed her AIS (Australian Institute of Sport ) team-mate Amy Gillett.

Hopeful of returning home to Brisbane late next week to continue the healing process, Lorian's injuries remain extensive, but remarkably she is already cycling on a stationary bike as part of her rehabilitation.

Lorian has multiple breaks to her left collarbone and her right knee cap was broken horizontally. A clavicle brace is helping the collarbone healing process while Lorian's knee has been wired back together.

She also has a fractured sternum and has bruising to her abdomen and lungs.

Despite the pain and frustration, Lorian has still managed to visit her other team-mates still in the hospital and she also spoke with her AIS coach, Warren McDonald, and Amy Gillett's husband, Simon, before he returned to Australia this week. Her thoughts will be in Australia today with Gillett's funeral being held in Ballarat.



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