It’s a gymnast’s worst nightmare – Not being able to move.
But for 20 year old Alanna Jones of Surrey, it’s a new reality.
“Unfortunately in August she was climbing a tree like gymnasts tend to do, and unfortunately a branch broke on her and she ended up falling to the ground and breaking her neck and becoming a quadriplegic at this time in her life, so it’s been quite the fight, and I’m just really attached to her and the family because we’ve been at the Surrey gymnastics club for so many years.”
Now, the Surrey gymnastics community is rallying around her.
Her coach has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and set her up with a wheelchair accessible van and home renovations, to help the gymnast with her recovery once she leaves the rehabilitation centre.
Jones says she’s been blown away by the response.
“I didn’t have any idea that so many people cared, and I feel so loved.”
Tough road ahead
Jones says while the accident has left her unable to move her arms and legs, she’s confident she will still, one day, be involved in the sport she loves.
“I can judge and I can be part of the gym still. It may not be in a way that I’d like it to be, but I’m still part of the family.”
And she admits, some days are harder than others.
“It’s a lot of tears. A lot of times you really have to look forward. At least I’m breathing by myself, at least I’m still me.
Coach Caroll says despite the challenges, he sees hope.
“She is quite the fighter, she is very strong, she was a gymnast, they are some of the strongest animals on the planet. I’m pretty positive there will be more progress made for sure.
LISTEN: Alanna Jones talks with CKNW’s Shelby Thom about the outpouring of support after her accident