Just three weeks after being severely injured in a hit and run accident Britain's number 1 female track endurance rider Emma Davies-Jones is continuing her return to full fitness, and is now back home with her parents in North Wales.
"The severity of the injury was such that the possibility of being quadriplegic was quite distinct, but thanks to the superb initial treatment at Manchester Royal Infirmary - led by Simon Carley, that threat was removed," said Davies-Jones. "The biggest factor in my recovery has been a combination of my own mental strength and the incredible support I have received from both the world of cycling and the general public. I have received so many texts, e mails and greeting cards and my parents house resembles a branch of Inter Flora. I really want to thank everyone so much and I want to assure them all that I am leaving no stone unturned in my determination to be on the podium in Melbourne. "This injury has spurred me on even further in my quest for an Olympic medal, and you can be sure that Beijing is going to see me in the hunt for pursuit and points medals. Of course I am sad to be missing the Moscow and Manchester rounds of the Track World Cup, where I had very high hopes of winning (of all the world cups Emma has ridden, she has only once failed to medal). I will be back and even stronger than before.
"The support of the coaches at World Class has been fantastic and my Pro team Vlaanderen Capri-Sonne have been great too - they speak to me about every other day, but most of all I want to thank the physio I am working with near my parents home in Ruthin, who has been truly inspirational in keeping me focused on my exercise programme."
Once Emma has had one further scan it is likely that she will then come under the care of the physios at World Class. "The medical care and backup is superb, and I have so many doctors with varying specialities to thank for the rapid progress I am making. Ten days ago I had just begun to learn to walk, and now I am walking up to three kilometres a day as well as doing static bike work in a gym together with an exercise program every hour. I am really leading the life of a full time athlete, even though I am not yet out there on the bike - but don't worry it won't be long!"