Byrne moved to rehabilitation

SOUTHERN Downs sportsman Sinclair Byrne has been moved from Princess Alexandra Hospital to Casuarina Lodge at Wynnum as he continues his recovery from a major accident in Canada last year.

Casuarina Lodge is a rehabilitation centre and Sinclair’s mother Jean Byrne said she expected him to be at the centre for between six and 12 months.

“He has settled in well at Casuarina,” Mrs Byrne said.

“They took the feed tube out during his last week at Princess Alexandra and Sinclair is now swallowing better.

“The staff at Casuarina are working on his communication skills (after the accident).”

Mrs Byrne said the family was grateful for the support to Sinclair from residents on the Southern Downs.

“The money raised at two fund raisers will be very helpful and has been put aside for his wheelchair,” she said.

While he did try some wheelchairs at Princess Alexandra, a new wheelchair will be specially adapted now Sinclair is at Casuarina.

After seeing his son yesterday, Tom Byrne said Sinclair was a lot happier at Casuarina and making a slight improvement each week.

“We want to thank everyone for their support,” Mr Byrne said.

The popular young man, who has represented Australia in polocrosse at intermediate level and both Warwick and Killarney in rugby league, received excellent support from sporting clubs on the Southern Downs at fund-raising events in the past two months.

The Warwick Cowboys and Killarney Cutters rugby league clubs and Border Rugby League raised more than $20,000 at a pre-season footy match between Warwick and Border and a highly-successful auction.

During the Shell Cup and Barastoc Interstate Series at Morgan Park last month, the Warwick and Killarney polocrosse clubs held an auction which raised $10,000 for Sinclair.

Many items at the auctions made many times more than their value; such was the commitment by many people to support Sinclair at a difficult time.

David McIvor, George McVeigh, Glen Whitton and Justin Hafey were the auctioneers for the two auctions. Signed footy jerseys made more than $1000.

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