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SPINAL SURGERY FOR WARD

Australian rider Darcy Ward has undergone surgery on spinal injuries after being involved in a heavy crash at Zielona Gora on Sunday.

24 / 08 / 2015, 09:45

Australian racer Darcy Ward has undergone surgery on spinal injuries in Poland after being involved in a heavy crash at Zielona Gora on Sunday evening.

The Queenslander, riding for Zielona Gora, was thrown awkwardly from his machine, landing on the back of his neck after catching Grudziadz rider Artem Laguta’s back wheel in heat 15 of Zielona Gora’s 57-33 home win.

Ward was taken to hospital for assessment and his British parent club Poole have released a statement confirming that the crash has left the former FIM Speedway Grand Prix star with no lower body feeling at this time.

All I can ask is that the speedway family continues to keep Darcy very much in their thoughts and prayers as we await further news on his condition.

Matt Ford

Poole team manager Neil Middleditch and Ward’s close friend Chris Holder are on their way to Zielona Gora to support the rider.

Pirates owner Matt Ford said: "The thoughts of everyone associated with Poole Speedway are very much with Darcy and I would like to assure everyone that, as a club, we will do everything we possibly can for Darcy during this difficult time.

"Middlo is going to be flying out to Poland in the morning, and I am happy to sanction that even though we have a meeting scheduled on Monday evening.  

"Neil has a very strong relationship with Darcy and it is important at times like this that Darcy has as much support as possible around him. Fans will probably not be surprised to learn that Chris Holder deferred his flight plans back to the UK so that he could divert to Zielona Gora to be with his good friend.

"There is not much that can be done other than to show Darcy that he has the support of everyone and I have been touched learning of the number of messages that have been flooding in for Darcy since the news began to filter through that his injuries were serious.

“But that is simply typical of the speedway family and the esteem that the riders are held in within our great sport; a sport that at times can be so cruel.

"All I can ask is that the speedway family continues to keep Darcy very much in their thoughts and prayers as we await further news on his condition."

 

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