A Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete has been left fighting for his life after being involved in a serious bike crash.
Decathlete Ben Gregory, 31, who has previously competed in three Commonwealth Games, is in a coma having suffered a “fractured skull, neck and multiple haemorrhages to his brain”.
His girlfriend Naomi Heffernan said she had “never been so scared” and that Ben needed “positive thoughts and prayers”.
In an emotional post on social media, she said: “Ben was in a serious bike accident. He has a fractured skull, neck and multiple haemorrhages to his brain. He’s in a coma and on life support.
“I’ve never felt so scared, helpless and sick to the stomach.
“Ben needs your positive thoughts and prayers right now. Those who know Ben know how strong he is mentally and physically, he’s a fighter and he’ll get through this.
“Please pray for him and send all the positive energy and thoughts you can muster.”
Welsh Athletics said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s friends and family at this time.
“Ben’s accomplishments as an athlete speak for themselves: Wales’ greatest ever decathlete – three Commonwealth Games, the Welsh record holder and representing Wales and Great Britain multiple times.
“The outpouring of support across social media is testament to his popularity as a person and as an athlete. Everyone who has had the privilege of training or competing alongside Ben will speak of his incredible love of life, his kindness, support and loyalty.
“We will all continue to pray for a full recovery for Ben.”
Fellow Welsh athletes also expressed their support and sympathy for Gregory on social media.
Dai Greene, a former world 400m hurdles champion, said she was “hoping he pulls through,” adding that he is “one of the nicest and most positive people I’ve had the pleasure to be around at the track.”
Another fellow Welsh athlete and decathlete, Curtis Mathews, said: “He is a very special man, brings joy to everyone he is around and deserves no less than the best from life. I can’t describe how much I hope this champ pulls through because he is honestly the best of us.”