Olympic medallist thanks strangers after cycling accident

Olympic medallist thanks strangers after cycling accident

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Amanda Hall

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Olympic medallist thanks strangers after cycling accident

An Olympic medallist has said he is grateful to a group of strangers who helped him after he was involved in an accident with a car as he cycled home in Maidenhead.

The accident happened as Jon Schofield, who won bronze in the men's K2 200m canoe sprint at Dorney Lake, was cycling home down St Mark's Road after a training session at Bisham Abbey.

Paramedics had to put the 27-year-old onto a spinal board before taking him to Wexham Park Hospital at about 6pm on Thursday. 

The world champion kayaker said he was lucky to walk away with nothing more than a few cuts and bruises.

A group of strangers, including an off-duty nurse and paramedic, stopped to help him by calling an ambulance and directing traffic. Some even gave their coats to help keep the athlete warm.

Jon, who plans to go for gold in the 2016 Olympics, is now recovering at home in Powney Road.

He said: "I'm lucky because I'm not seriously injured so it won't affect my paddling or my training.

"I'm having a bit of down time now as well to recover after the Olympics.

"I'm just so grateful to the people who stopped to help, I wish I could have thanked them at the time."

He is asking anyone who assisted him to get in touch via his website so he can thank them in person.

Visit www.jon-schofield.co.uk for details.

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