Alexa Leary’s heartbroken boyfriend has posted an emotional tribute to the champion triathlete as she fights for life after a horror bike crash.
The 19-year-old, based on the Sunshine Coast, remains in an artificial coma at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after Saturday’s nightmare accident in Pomona, near Noosa.
On Monday, doctors discovered a series of blood clots in her brain and her family was told that Leary had suffered major brain damage in the fall.
Leary reportedly suffered a broken shoulder blade, ribs, shoulder blade, and wrist, and a collapsed lung when her bike pinched another rider’s wheel.
Her boyfriend, Wil O’Dwyer, shared an image of Leary on his Facebook page on Monday, captioning it: “Stay strong my darling, I love you, you can do this x.”
Friend of athlete Alexa Leary (pictured) has posted an emotional tribute to his girlfriend, who is fighting for life at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after a horror bicycle accident
Alexa Leary (pictured) suffered serious injuries in the accident that happened when her bike pinched another rider’s wheel
Leary’s friend, Wil O’Dwyer, posted a tribute to her on his social media (pictured). Friends and family have responded with their support for the couple
Mr O’Dwyer continued on Tuesday with another emotional message.
“What I would give to be with you now, keep fighting. I love you x,” he captioned a photo of the couple.
The posts were inundated with comments from friends and family, all of whom shared their support for the young athlete and her loved ones.
I send you all the love, positivity, strength and hope imaginable. Keep that positive energy going Will, she’s got this. Pray every millisecond,” wrote one benefactor.
Another commented on the young athlete’s resilience.
“She’s so strong and so are you Will. She will get back on top of this as she has time and time again. I send all my love and prayers every second,” they said.
“You are a ray of sunshine and Leary’s household has never been so cold, but you have to keep fighting… we want our big sister back,” her brother, Max Leary, said on his Instagram.
Leary’s father, Russell, was one of the first people on the scene.
Sunshine Coast-based triathlete Alexa Leary, 19, (pictured) is fighting for her life after being seriously injured in Pomona, near Noosa, on Saturday.
The talented teen is a rising star in elite triathlon circles and was a national champion in 2019 and 2020
He remembered the horrific moment when he saw his daughter lying in a gutter.
“I always follow behind the team when Alexa is training in the morning and when I came over the hill an ambulance passed me,” he told the courier post.
“Then I saw Alexa lying in the gutter and was told she had pinched another rider’s handlebars, causing her to fall.
“They transferred her directly to Brisbane and she has already had surgery to repair a major knee injury, while also removing half of her scalp to relieve pressure on the brain.”
Leary represented Australia at the world titles in Switzerland, where she finished second in 2019.
She is widely regarded as a rising star in grueling sports including swimming, cycling and running.
Mr Leary also said his daughter is “loved by all” and has a “jovial character”.
“She is one of the most wonderful people there is and someone who gives everything to the world,” he said.
Leary started competing in junior triathlons at the age of six.
While competing in a race in Canberra in 2015, she had another accident, with more than 30 stitches in her feet and a severed muscle in her right ankle.
According to website solid food, Alexa is “very adventurous, likes to try new things and prides itself on getting out of her comfort zone.”
The youngster has been in a coma at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital since the tragic accident – and doctors have informed her family that she suffered a serious brain injury in the autumn
Ms Leary represented Australia at the world titles in Switzerland, where she finished second in 2019