A lot can happen in a year, as Colyton schoolboy Christian Nisbet could tell you.
The 10-year-old broke his back in three places after landing the 24 metre-long main jump at Taupo’s Digger McEwen Park on May 25 last year.
This week was the first anniversary of the accident, so a day of fun, including a helicopter flight with Helipro, was organised by Christian’s parents Lynne and Damian.
Other highlights included a ride to school in a Lamborghini and a trip to the movies in a Humvee limousine.
“We decided to surprise Christian and a few of his MX buddies and make a celebration of his achievements since his injury,” said his parents.
“Christian’s morning started with a ride in a Lamborghini from home to school. Awesome — Thanks Dave and Jacky. I won’t mention the speed you reached Dave, but if Christian is to be believed then I’m sure you posted the fasted time over the 11-km distance to school.”
Haki Waller and James Anderson climbed aboard at the Helipro base in Palmerston North before flying to Colyton for a land at school and pick up of a very surprised Christian.
It was then a quick flight across to Huntly Boys for a surprise visit and uplift of Connor Allan. A scenic flight had all passengers feeling a little queazy on a not so great Manawatu day before they landed at home for a short break. last stop was Palmerston Helipro base where a stretch Hummer was waiting to take the children for a tour around the area before dropping everyone at the movies to see Wolverine.
“Thanks Mark from Helipro and Viv from Executive Limousines in Palmy for your support in making Christian’s day totally amazing and one he will not forget.
“Christian has done so well adjusting to his injury and whilst his journey is far from over we are confident he will do just fine. Thanks heaps for your support and words or encouragement this past year. Friends, family and the wider MX community have been amazing.
“We pick up the new race kart shortly and so will begin a new adventure. Im sure motocross will always be Christian’s first love and even though he is so young and his time in the sport was so short, like many of our young riders, his passion for dirt bikes was as equal to riders of many more years experience. And we can’t ever take that way from him.”
The video clip below shows Christian in action on his modified Kawasaki Teryx cart.
“Christian doesn’t race this vehicle but he will soon be racing a kart like Niki Urwin’s in the Junior Restricted class under KartSport New Zealand.”