Panther Courtney Bailey Joins Online Team
Hi, allow me to introduce myself my name is Courtney Bailey and this year I joined the Darling Downs Panthers squad to compete in the inaugural Queensland Ruby Series.
After a long and tough preseason felt by everyone, the countdown was almost over for the season to start when I had the unfortunate bad luck of getting a season ending injury. I was playing for Highfields in the Meg Englart Cup when I went down halfway through the game.
After walking out of the stadium in extreme pain I decided to go to the Toowoomba Hospital, where they confirmed that I had injured my Achilles tendon. Moving forward it was a waiting game over the weekend to get in to see a specialist first thing Monday morning to look at my options. It was then confirmed that I had ruptured my Achilles and I went straight into surgery that afternoon. My surgeon is extremely happy with how the surgery went and my healing since. Thankfully being younger will help me tremendously in my recovery and rehabilitation.
I'm devastated with the news that I am out for the year with such a major injury. It feels like it all happened so quickly and even after the surgery I was still in shock and couldn't really believe it happened. I am on my 4th week of bed rest with my leg up at all times with my mode of transport being a very stylish wheelchair. I am hoping to get the all clear to move on to crutches very soon. Once I get the okay to travel I’ll be at all the games cheering the girls on and I’m really hoping to get to this week's game to watch the girls play. I’m very grateful for all the support and love I have received from not only my wonderful teammates and coaches but the entire club. Although I will no longer be on the court this season with the girls I have been asked to be a part of the online team which I am very excited about. I have a very long road ahead of me to get back to 100% and playing and I’ll continue to keep everyone updated.
The support surrounding the Panthers team is beyond amazing. The feeling of community and hard work is evident throughout the club from the Panthers, Futures, Cubs, officials and parents alike. I have never experienced such an amazing group of girls who are so committed who come to training from far and wide and constantly push each other and work hard for one another week in, week out.
It is safe to say I am extremely proud to call myself a Panther and to be a part of this wonderful family.
Here’s to a great season,