Cyclist badly injured in race

06 March 2006

Last week, Monday Paper ran a story on cyclist William Robinson, who had been selected for the side representing South Africa at the World University Cycling Championship in Belgium at the end of March. Sadly, it looks unlikely that Robinson will attend. In a local race on Sunday, February 26, Robinson crashed badly on the descent of Ou Kaapse Weg. He was airlifted to hospital and, on Monday past, was in a stable (serious but not critical) condition in intensive care. By last Thursday, he was out of intensive care. He had, however, broken both arms in the accident, chipped his shoulders, lost a chunk of his pelvis and cracked some ribs, according to reports. "On the positive side, a CAT scan has revealed that his spine and brain are fine - which is obviously a huge relief," said James Evans, coach of the UCT Athletics Club. Robinson is a master's student in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, chairperson of the athletics club, and secretary of the cycling club. Monday Paper wishes him a speedy recovery.

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