High-jumper Chris Dodd was in the form of his life.
Training hard and ranked fourth in the country, his dream to make the Australian squad for next year’s Rio Olympics was on track.
But a fortnight ago, the 25-year-old father-of-two was faced with a frightening reality and chose to risk his life and sacrifice his Olympic dream to save his daughter.
While the family was getting out of the car, Chris’ wife Kellie called out for help as it started rolling down the driveway towards four-year-old Ella.
But Chris managed to get his daughter out of harm’s way just in time.
“Being a father, you want to protect your kids and it felt weird throwing my kid, so I just remember picking her up and trying to get her out of the way… but the car was right at us, so I sort of just held her with my arms out to the side,” he told The Project.
“I just felt myself being knocked down and the wheels rolling over me and then sort of being rolled around and then landing on the ground.”
He was pinned under the car for 90 excruciating minutes and suffered injuries to his spine and bladder and two fractures to his pelvis.