Canadian Luge Community Rallies Behind Garrett Reid
VANCOUVER—Canada’s luge community is rallying behind their injured teammate, Garrett Reid, in his recovery from a crash that occurred last fall at the National Team’s home training centre in Whistler, B.C.
A member of Canada’s NextGen Team since 2018, the 16-year-old Reid has been making significant progress in his recovery while in Vancouver hospital since he experienced a serious accident during a training session on November 16.
“Garrett is a talented athlete, a great teammate and most importantly a wonderful young man who we are thinking of every day,” said Sam Edney, high-performance manager, Luge Canada.
Reid, who grew up in West Vancouver, was completing his final training runs alongside his teammates when the accident occurred. They had all been nominated to Canada’s Youth Olympic Games Team and were getting ready to depart for Europe to compete on the Junior World Cup.
Following regular safety protocols, Luge Canada and the Whistler Sliding Centre completed a review of the incident that resulted in a head injury to Reid.
“Luge is a sport where there are inherent risks and, unfortunately, accidents can happen in fractions of a second. Our team has been thinking about Garrett all season, and we are looking forward to seeing him back at the track to continue chasing his Olympic dreams,” said Edney.
“Thanks to the tremendous immediate care from the staff and paramedics at the track, Garrett was quickly transported to a Vancouver hospital where he has been receiving the best possible care. While he has been making steady improvement with his mother Leesa, father Ken and brother Parker by his side, Garrett has a long recovery ahead of him.”
Reid was inspired to try luge the year after the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver-Whistler while watching his older brother Parker. After hopping on a sled in January 2011, the younger Reid has been commuting from Vancouver to Whistler for training.
On behalf of everyone at Luge Canada and our partners, we are grateful for your continued support of the entire Reid family as Garrett continues his recovery and rehabilitation.