Former Calgary schoolteacher turned professional Ironman triathlete, Janelle Morrison, was involved in a serious head on collision west of Revelstoke, B.C. on November 21. Janelle is currently listed in stable condition however has suffered extensive serious injuries. Janelles known injuries to date include a ruptured diaphragm, punctured long, broken femur, ankles, ulna, ribs, tibea, and arms.
Due to the extensive nature of her injuries Janelle was airlifted hospital in Kamloops, BC where she is currently in the Intensive Care Unit. Doctors state that had it not been for her exceptional physical condition, she would not have survived her injuries. Morrison has been in a medically induced coma since she arrived at the Kamloops hosptial. She has ungone multiple surgeries, and will be heading into surgery to repair her arms today.
At the time of the accident Janelle was en route to Calgary to attend a Spin-a-Thon fundraiser for her and TriCommitment teammate Jordan Bryden, on Saturday, November 27. In spirit of Janelle, an athlete that never shies from adversity, the TriCommitment will proceed with the Spin-a-Thon fundraiser as planned in her honor.
“Janelle is an incredible athlete and a great friend,” said Rose Serpico, co-owner of Calgary retailer Tri-It Multisport. “She is a fighter who knows how to push through adversity.”
In 2008, Janelle Morrison left her full-time job as an elementary school teacher to pursue her Ironman dream in Penticton, B.C. In her professional debut at Ironman Canada in 2009, Janelle raced to an overall 3rd place finish.
“Janelle and I face the same challenges of balancing training against earning a living as other professional athletes. We use fun events like this Spin-a-Thon as a way to give something back to the people who are kind enough to donate to us as emerging athletes”, said Bryden who is a London 2012 Summer Olympic hopeful. “With Janelle’s accident, we will be raising money not just so that her and I can compete, but just so that she can race again.”
TriCommitment, a unique innovative triathlon team comprised of Morrison and Brydon, aspire to help share the sport of triathlon with others while raising money for emerging Canadian triathletes.
This Saturday TriCommitment will hold the Spin-a-Thon Fundraiser from 9:00am to 2:00pm in Eau Claire Market. The event has already garnered the support of star Canadian triathlete champions Simon Whitfield and Samantha McGlone who both donated signed championship race suits to the event’s evening auction.
Approximately 100-150 athletes and friends are expected to attend the indoor ride to support the athletes, supported by local coaches and fitness companies. Auction items will be on hand will include a jersey and signed hat from Lance Armstrong, and donations from many Calgary retailers.
The Spin-a-Thon will be followed in the evening by an after party and auction at 6:30pm at Spur Gastropub.
Donations will be accepted at either event for Janelle and a fund will also be set up a in Janelle’s name to provide her with financial assistance throughout her recovery.
Participation in the fundraiser Spin-a-Thon and/or Party is open to the public, and registration is still open at www.tricommitment.com.
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