Courageous CJ back on track for kart glory after two horrific accidents

Christopher "CJ" Smith.
Christopher "CJ" Smith.

A COURAGEOUS Hartlepool teenager is fighting back from two horrific accidents to stand on the verge of victory in karting.

Christopher CJ Smith, 15, was left with an agonising double break to his left wrist after falling from his bike.

Then, after his plaster cast was removed, the bones were wrongly positioned. Surgeons had to break CJ’s wrist all over again so that they could reset it in the correct position, said the teenager’s mum Karyn, 48.

The Crowland Road resident got back on track and stormed into the lead in the North East Karting Championship held at Warden Law in Sunderland.

But disaster struck again when CJ fell while he was playing football. This time, he badly broke his right wrist and it was so badly displaced, surgeons had to manipulate it into position before they could set it.

CJ needed a plaster cast which stretched from his fingertips to just under his arm.

Karyn said: “His movement was severely restricted and he has only just had the cast off this week. He is having physiotherapy to get back into karting and he is still leading the championship.

“He is fighting back to fitness and to be ready to race again in September”.

CJ’s amazing recovery has prompted his parents – Karyn and 49-year-old Chris – to nominate him for the young sports personality of the year section of the Hartlepool Mail sports awards.

Karyn, who runs Canine World in Whitby Street South in Hartlepool, said: “He is dedicated to karting. He never boasts or tells people about his conquests.

“But when he is on the race track, he comes alive”.

CJ’s love of the sport began when he was 19 months old and got his first kart for Christmas.

By the time he was ten, his parents took him racing and Karyn said: “He never stopped talking about it”.

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