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Love the silver lining to motorbike rider's crash

Echuca resident Greg Wilson proposed to the love of his life, Roxy, a few weeks after a terrible motorbike accident.

TRENT HORNEMAN May 6, 2014 3:43am

Greg and Roxy Wilson were married on Friday.


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Echuca’s Greg Wilson still can’t remember the horrifying moment which changed his life forever.

Mr Wilson was riding his motorbike home and then on to pick up his partner Roxy Kowal from work when his bike and a car collided at a busy intersection in Echuca.

A car turning into High St pulled out in front of him, leaving Greg no time to take evasive action.

‘‘I didn’t have time to swear. I remember getting on the bike after visiting my parents and the next thing I knew I was in intensive care three days later,’’ he said.

The crash left him with a mass of broken bones, including his neck, back and pelvis.

But in the midst of pain and suffering, Mr Wilson has found a group of close friends and the love of his life.

A few weeks after the crash, Greg asked Roxy to marry him and on April 26, a group of friends from Ulysses Motorcycle Club helped him arrive at the altar on the back of a motorbike for the first time since his accident.

Mr Wilson said he had no plans to marry again, but with Roxy by his side during his rehabilitation, he knew he had to reconsider.

‘‘What she went through for me, I knew she was the one,’’ he said.

‘‘She means the world to me. She is my rock.’’

Mr Wilson is still unable to drive, work or move freely and Roxy has had to help him in almost every aspect of his day-to-day life.

‘‘Just simple things like sleeping. I have slept on my back for six months because I cannot sleep on my side,’’ he said.

‘‘I am unable to drive, so when Roxy is at work I am home by myself.’’

While Roxy has had to return to her job at Echuca Specialist School, she was concerned about Greg spending the day home alone.

Since the accident, members of Echuca’s Ulysses Social Club have supported him, from when he was in hospital until his wedding day.

‘‘Before the accident I had been down to Beechworth Bakery a couple of times to have a coffee with the club members and see what it was all about,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t really intend on joining the club, but after the accident I have had club members visit me in hospital, bring me food or something to read, or even just to keep me company.’’

Mr Wilson said the club’s support was overwhelming.

‘‘It has just been amazing. There are people who I don’t even know who have popped into hospital or come around here for a visit. I would reckon not a week would go by without the club president visiting,’’ he said.

‘‘Motorcycle clubs cop a bad rap.

‘‘People see the Ulysses Club and think of them as Hells Angels, but they are great people who have a love of riding motorcycles.’’

The ultimate surprise came on Saturday last week, when a convoy of about 30 Ulysses members on their bikes arrived to take him to the altar.

‘‘The plan was to put him on the back of the bike, but just in case we couldn’t, then there was a beautiful purple Monaro waiting for him,’’ Roxy said.

‘‘I was inside getting ready when I heard the rumble of motorcycles and I thought to myself ‘Gee that is getting pretty close’.

‘‘My mother isn’t a fan of motorcycles, but when she saw the convoy roll into the Coriander, where we had the wedding, she said she had a tear rolling down her cheek.’’

After asking Roxy to marry him in December, Mr Wilson worked hard to get his body right for the big day.

‘‘I said to myself that there was no way I was walking down the aisle with crutches,’’ he said.

‘‘I got rid of them the week before the wedding. They are on a shelf in the shed and I hope that is where they stay.’’

Despite the horrific accident, Mr Wilson spent downtime in hospital seeking a replacement for his Victory road cycle.

While he has not been able to take his replacement bike for a spin, Mr Wilson takes delight in turning it on and giving it a rev.

‘‘My mate who drove me to the wedding has ridden my bike more than I have,’’ he said.

‘‘People ask me why I would get back on a bike, but I say that I am not going to let this stop my life.’’

When Roxy received the dreaded phone call about the crash, she said she was concerned about the extent of the injuries.

While it has been a lengthy recovery, she will be happy to see Mr Wilson get back onto a bike.

‘‘I was always worried about him having an accident, but I don’t want to stop him doing something that makes him happy,’’ she said.

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