Pupil recovering from bike crash

The 17-year old James Hargest College head girl injured in the Otago Southland Secondary Schools Triathlon in Cromwell on Thursday was yesterday recovering at home.

Holly Pierce, who has been competing in triathlons for 10 years, fell from her bike near the transition area after a collision with another rider.

Her mother, Philippa Marshall, told the Otago Daily Times yesterday her daughter received ''many'' stitches to the top of her feet and her knees, and had bruised ribs and grazes.

The main concern, though, had been the screws in her knees she got during knee reconstruction surgery last year.

X-rays taken at Southland Hospital showed the screws were still in place and nothing was broken, Ms Marshall said.

Contrary to information supplied to the ODT on Thursday, Ms Marshall was adamant the crash was not her daughter's fault. She said her daughter was dismounting from her bike when the following rider, also a James Hargest College pupil, waved to her friends and rode into Holly.

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