In a tragic accident late last week, young Anna Hamilton, one of New Zealand's rising triathlon stars was hit from behind while on a solo training ride at Dairy Flat near Albany.
She is in a drug induced coma and is requiring spinal surgery. It is understood her condition is stable enough to perform the surgery. However the next day or so will be critical to her recovery.
Anna had just been selected for the under-23 Elite team for the World Triathlon Championships in Hamburg in a few weeks.
The former head girl of Rangitoto College is being trained by Chris Pilone who guided Hamish Carter to his Olympic gold in Athens.
Previously the 21 year old Hamilton placed 4th junior in the 2005 world duathlon championships, 13th at 2005 junior triathlon worlds, 1st 2005 NZ duathlon champs, 3rd 2005 NZ sprint distance triathlon champs and 3rd 2006 NZ long course triathlon championships. She has won or placed highly at numerous other races around the country.