Sinclair Byrne, pictured at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Australia Day, six months to the day after his accident in Canada.
Sinclair Byrne, pictured at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Australia Day, six months to the day after his accident in Canada.

Day to help purchase wheelchair

MONEY raised at the Sinclair Byrne Benefit tomorrow will go towards the cost of a wheelchair for a young man who starred in sport in the Warwick and Killarney areas.

Sinclair’s mother Jean Byrne said her son was now trying the first of three types of wheelchairs.

“He started trying one a week ago and I have been asked to write down the good and bad points of each wheelchair,” Mrs Byrne said.

“There can be modifications to the one we choose.”

Before the past week, he was moved around Princess Alexandra Hospital in a Regency (lounge-type) chair.

Sinclair was seriously injured in a car accident in Canada in July and was flown home to Queensland in October.

Mrs Byrne said the family were very grateful the benefit day was being put on by the Warwick Cowboys and Killarney Cutters rugby league clubs and Border Rugby League.

She stressed the day was only for the purchase of a wheelchair and not for hospital costs in Canada which were the subject of legal action against the travel insurer.

His father Tom Byrne said the family had heard from friends in the west after publicity about the travel insurance last week.

“From the feedback we have received, there is no doubt Sinclair is pretty well liked,” Mr Byrne said.

A high point of the benefit day for all family members will be the appearance of Morgan and Codey, sons of Sinclair and Sandy Byrne, in the two junior rugby league games. Morgan will play in the U8 game and Codey in U10s.

Both play for Collegians, the club their father played for as a junior.

“Sinclair used to be down at the footy with the boys all the time,” Mr Byrne said.

Mrs Byrne said Sinclair was in a coma for two months and had been eating a lot better in the past month.

“I have seen a little bit of improvement but he still can’t talk.”

Admission to the benefit day is by donation at the gate. An auction of memorabilia, including a signed Sydney Roosters 2002 NRL premiership jersey, will follow the A-grade Cowboys game with Border.

Tomorrow’s program

3.30pm: Under-8 game between Collegians and Eastern Suburbs

4pm: Under 18 game between Warwick and Fassifern

5.30pm: Under 10 demonstration game

6.15pm: Women’s game

7pm: Cowboys A grade v Border followed by sports auction

8.45pm: Auction of sporting memorabilia



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