A little over a week has passed since WA’s Cory Crombie suffered a life-changing injury on track, but he’s fighting back…and Sam Willoughby is inspiring him to do so.

The thoughts and support of the Aussie BMX community are behind Bunbury local Cory Crombie, who suffered a spinal injury while practicing at his local club on Wednesday, December 27.

The 15-year-old fractured his T12 vertebrae, and subsequent surgery took place to fuse together his T10 – L1 vertebrae in order to stabilise his spine and prevent further injury. The medical response he received was nothing short of ultimate professionalism, and it began when his parents diligently called on their first aid training when the incident first occurred on track.

You can keep up to date with Cory’s progress via his website –

While his world has been turned upside down for now, Cory has drawn inspiration from Aussie two-time Olympian, and London Olympic silver medallist Sam Willoughby, who was paralysed from the neck down in September 2016.

Earlier this week Willoughby defied the medical odds to be upstanding at his wedding to USA BMX superstar Alise Post. Undoubtedly the positivity that Crombie has at this difficult time has been spurred on by his BMX idol, and said that already there have been some progressive signs.

“It’s pretty hard, I’ve just got to stay strong – I know I’ll make it,” Crombie told Seven News.

“My toes have got a little tiny bit of movement, it’s a bit on and off though.

“Sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t.”

Coming together as only the BMX community does, Bunbury BMX Club have organised a fundraising event for Crombie, which will take place on Friday January 19 at the club.

All proceeds from race nominations, the canteen and raffle will be donated to the family as they support Cory through the recovery process.

Those wishing to support the family can donate HERE. Already more than $3000 has been raised. Donations can be as little or as much as you can afford, with every dollar counting.


Fittingly, the family have also posted links for donations to Ronald McDonald House, who they are staying with in Perth while Cory is in hospital, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, who transported Cory to hospital in Perth.

Stay updated on Cory’s progress here: