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[Kiwi athlete] Michael Poole – Professional Triathlete and recent USF graduate, was stuck by a car and has suffered multiple facial fractures. The accident came at an unfortunate time as he was just ranked #1 triathlete in Florida and won 10 straight triathlons. He was planning on executing his focus race this weekend at the Ecuador Ironman 70.3. The aggressive driver who hit him was attempting to make a right hand turn on a red light when instead she sped into Michael, crashing him into the pavement and destroying his bike.

We are thankful that Michael is expected to have a full recovery but the road to his return to the sport that he loves will be a long one. With medical bills, legal fees, and not being able to compete in the sport that funds his livelihood, Michael is looking at a costly road ahead of him. Any contributions are greatly appreciated!

Michael is a top bloke from a great family.  The Herald covered this too. 

A top Kiwi triathlete already battling epilepsy has suffered a setback after being knocked off his bike by a distracted driver.

Michael Poole, 24, was supposed to be competing in Ecuador this weekend – nearly two years after the determined athlete suffered a grand mal seizure, in August 2014.

Poole had been training hard to build back his confidence, fitness and race times and the Ecuador meet was to be his first since completing a chemical engineering degree in Florida.

Those plans were scuppered when Poole was knocked off his bike on Monday in the US.

He suffered eight broken bones in his eye sockets and cheeks and will undergo reconstructive surgery next week.

Poole was biking to the pool.

“I was in a designated bike lane, crossing slowly on a green light and a driver just charged recklessly around the corner and I could not get out of the way,” he told the Herald on Sunday from the US.

“Because of the speed of the car I smashed my face very hard into the ground.”

An off-duty police officer who witnessed the crash said Poole was in no way at fault, but it was not yet clear whether the driver of the car would face charges.

It was a big blow for Poole, who has worked for years to compete in triathlons despite being diagnosed with epilepsy at 18.

“All time indicators have been very good and I couldn’t wait to begin to fulfil the promise I had shown early but was unable to fully develop while studying,” he said.


Michael is looking for help to get back on the bike.

For more information, you can visit his mother’s Facebook page, or enter the 5km Virtual Fun Run from the comfort of your chair.

From now until August 7 (the weekend after his surgery) we are asking anyone who can to run, jog, or walk (or swim, cycle, row) 5km in support of Michael – then send us a photo to [email protected] (or as a FB message) with run details (who, where, etc). We will post the photos as a set on Michael’s FB page.
They can be as nutty as you like but no nudes. They can be groups or individuals. We will be sure to find some great prizes for some for the top photos.
“Entry Fee” for the Fun Run is US$10 and the page on the site to enter is: http://www.michaelpooletri.com/virtual-run-entry
Please get involved and share this far and wide – we figure that it is this type of thing that social media and the connectivity of the 21st century are made for. We would love this to go super-viral and to create a great virtual running event.

Sounds like a lot of fun.   You can of course run your 5km sitting in front of the TV watching someone else run.

The Team at Whaleoil wish Michael and his family all the best.  If you are in any way capable of pushing this message further, please help out.



– NZ Herald, Facebook


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