Bradstock back on netball court
By STEVE SPINKS
ONE year after being involved in a horrific car accident that claimed the life of her mother, netballer Katie Bradstock has returned to the game she loves.
The 21-year-old from the Central Coast has been included in the Hunter Jaegers' Commonwealth Bank Trophy squad and is preparing for her first full game of netball for more than 12 months.
In January last year, Bradstock and her sister Kirrily were seriously injured in a crash south of Woodburn, in which the former Australian Under-21 player was driving.
The head-on claimed the life of her mother, Jennifer Bradstock, 45, and her mother's friend, Peter Wilson, 42.
The mid-court star sustained a smash-ed leg, a torn quadricep, a fractured arm and pelvis and a broken nose in the crash.
The sisters were taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where doctors first feared Kirrily had a brain haemorrhage and would lose her left kidney.
Fast forward one year and Bradstock has recovered to the extent that she can now take to the court again.
A gruelling rehabilitation program has corrected her body, but she is still having problems with her leg.
Bradstock's hamstring was six times stronger than her quadricep which made running ? and walking for that matter ? in a straight line difficult.
Despite being selected in the Jaegers squad it does not mean she will be lining up in the final team of seven that starts the competition in May.
Earlier this month, the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew four charges of dangerous driving against Bradstock.
However, she still faces four charges of negligent driving.