Jockey Chris Symons is trying to find new ways to tell his stories to people who might be interested in knowing his life's journey. Two months ago, his horseracing career crumbled so badly following a car-park accident at Sale that smashed his foot so badly. Doctors said it would, at least, take six months before his foot heals but just yesterday, he told Racing Network, he's hoping to take out the steel rods and pins next week.
“The doctor said it’s a six-month injury but we’re trying to turn it into a three-month injury. I’ve booked myself in for December 1 to have them out – hopefully that’ll work,” Symons said.
Symons shared he is desperate to get back on a saddle and on the race track, hence, the determination to heal as fast as he can. Racing has always been his life's passion and there could never be any sport that could replace it. However, it seems like he is also trying to think of his future and put into consideration the possibility that he might not be able to race again.
While waiting for his injury to heal, Symons is enjoying his newly-found career in media and public speaking. He is currently working for Channel 7 covering Melbourne Cup Carnival. He also writes for The Age and for his own blog and visit one school per week to tell his stories and journey to kids.
"I’m taking lessons in radio and working behind a camera and also about my writing. I’ve got an interesting story to tell and I’m trying to learn about the right way to tell it," he said.
He is hoping that he could be able to race again in February next year to supplement his family's needs.
"Obviously I’m not going to make enough money out of racing to retire. My family means everything to me and I need to know I can provide for them in the years ahead,” he concluded.
Source: New life for Chris Symons