Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kallum's Back on Track; Victim of Dirt Bike Crash Pays Tribute to Rescuers

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Kallum's Back on Track; Victim of Dirt Bike Crash Pays Tribute to Rescuers

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Byline: Jamie Brown jamie.brown@northernstar.com.au

KALLUM SPARKE has been riding motorbikes since he was four years old, but nothing prepared him for the stack of his life.

The extreme sportsman and apprentice mechanic was riding his dirt bike at Emu Creek Extreme Retreat, off Paddys Flat Road on the Upper Clarence, in January when he came unstuck part way through a 24-metre jump.

"I had made the jump the previous day," the 19-year-old from Dalwood Road, near Alstonville, said. "But I don't remember the crash."

According to his mates, Kallum's bike dipped, front wheel down, and despite attempts to correct the angle he fell face first on the down ramp, pushing his motorbike out of his way while still flying through the air.

Witnesses reckon the speed on impact was more than 70km/h from a height of 10 metres, and left the young man with six separate brain bleeds, a dislocated elbow and badly broken left forearm, collapsed lungs, a bruised heart, three broken ribs and a broken ankle. …

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