Regional | Accident

NZ volleyball community remain positive for Boyd's recovery

Former U19 NZ volleyball player Teina Boyd is still waiting to find out if she will walk again.

Boyd was at home with some friends over Labour Weekend in October, when a misguided dive onto a bed caused a serious fracture in her neck.

Today the volleyball community expressed their well-wishes.

At just 28 years of age, Teina Boyd fractured her C5 vertebrae at her home in Christchurch.

Her doctors are still assessing the injury.

Shelley Addison says, "She was always a top competitor and I think that was one real characteristic that's going to keep her in good stead in the journey she has ahead.

She gave 100% all the time and she never rested on any kind of laurels."

She affiliates to Whānau-a-Apanui and was appointed skipper for the NZ U19 team.  From then on, she started making a name for herself in the volleyball community.

According to Lisa Claassen, "Most of my interaction with Teina was playing against her and to be honest everyone said watch out for her, she's got a fast arm, she's going to get that ball."

When the news broke about her accid ent, everyone was left in shock.

"It was a real shock to the whole community so all of her friends, family and we're all here to support her and we want her to get back up on her feet," says Claassen.

Family and friends have rallied around Boyd and have set up a fundraising page for her on the Give a Little website, raising over $9,000 so far.

Shelley Addison says,"We're all feeling for her, kia kaha, kia māia kia toa (Teina)."

Boyd is currently rehabilitating at Burwood Hospital and her son visits her frequently.