Son shows his Biloela father's fighting spirit
LINCOLN Martyn has just been crowned the best boxer for his weight division in Australia.
But if the 13-year-old shows the same fighting spirit as his dad, who has battled his way back from the brink of death, young Lincoln is set for a golden career in the ring.
On Tuesday, Lincoln's dad Antony Martyn enjoyed his first moments outside the hospital room since Anzac Day when, in the early hours of the morning, he was found unconscious on the side of the Dawson Highway just outside Biloela.
Police initially thought the 36-year-old was the victim of a hit and run.
Further investigations indicated he'd fallen from the back of a ute when he was being given a lift to his Mount Murchison home.
He was found with serious head and neck injuries, broken bones in his collar, ribs, hand and a foot.
Speaking on behalf of Antony, his mum Sue Martyn, this week said he'd spent about two months in an induced coma after he was flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Doctors held little hope he would survive.
Now after numerous operations, where every day is a milestone in a slow recovery, Antony is the inspiration for his son.
Though he was stuck in Rockhampton's rehabilitation unit, young Lincoln said it was his dad he was thinking of as he punched his way to golden glory.
“Before the fight, my coach told me to do it for my dad and I was,” Lincoln said as he spoke about his 38kg win at the Australian titles in Kingaroy.
Lincoln can't wait until his dad is well enough to take him out and do the things they love together again.
“I can't wait to get back on the beach and go fishing with dad again some day,” Lincoln said.
Although Antony found it hard to get words out, he was proud of his son's recent boxing achievements.
Lincoln, who lives with his mum at Bajool, said his dad was the one who got him into boxing when he was nine.
“He (dad) knew a boxing coach in Rockhampton and took me down to the training grounds at PCYC and I have been in every fight since,” Lincoln said.
Sue said the family wanted to thank the two guys who found Antony and called the ambulance on the morning of his accident, the Biloela ambulance service, Biloela Hospital, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Royal Brisbane Hospital ICU and the Rockhampton Hospital's rehabilitation unit.
“We have been by his side every step of the way, but I can't thank the staff at the rehabilitation unit enough,” she said.