Paraplegic Motocross Rider

Paraplegic Motocross Rider

Paraplegic motocross rider says she is 'better now than before the accident'

Posted on 03.10.2019

Christina Vithoulkas was riding high on life as a motocross and freestyle motorcyclist in September last year when a mistimed jump left her with a broken spine.

In an instant she became a paraplegic, with complete loss of movement and feeling below her T5 vertebrae.

Ms Vithoulkas’s injury left her unable to walk again and needing help with some of the most basic, everyday tasks.

But the love of family, friends, and complete strangers has given her a new perspective on life, and remarkably, it has made the 24-year-old a happier person.

She said she often found herself curbing her positivity because she knew people would find her perspective hard to believe.

“It’s hard when people ask me [how I am],” Ms Vithoulkas said.

“I hold back because I don’t think they will believe me, that I’m doing better now than I was before my accident.”


Key Points

  • Christina Vithoulkas became a paraplegic after crashing her motorbike during a jump in September 2018
  • She has defied doctors’ expectations and has been back riding a two-wheel motorcycle
  • Ms Vithoulkas has been sharing her positive attitude with students

Catherine Heuzenroeder





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