On 19th March, during a training session at Queensland Athletics Centre near Brisbane, Sam Wallbridge sustained a badly fractured collarbone following a collision with a hurdle.
Sam had travelled to Australia in advance of the main team in order to acclimatise and tune up ahead of the Games. The injury now means the 400m hurdler is out of the Commonwealth Games and will remain in Australia for an operation scheduled for 4th April.
This development also means that Guernsey will have to withdraw from the 4x400m relay event.
Development Officer Tom Druce was due to run the relay at the Gold Coast Games in three weeks time and he was scheduled to fly out to join Sam in Australia only hours after the incident occurred. In consultation with Guernsey CGA Chef de Mission Garry Collins, the Guernsey Athletics Board of Directors, and senior athletes and coaches, Tom has decided to return to Guernsey from the UK. It was decided that the remaining four athletes will have the necessary support from team officials including manager Dave Legg and, in the case of Cameron Chalmers and Sarah Mercier, their personal coaches.
Guernsey Athletics wishes Sam all the best for his recovery.