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A Victorian boy who was severely injured in the Sea World helicopter crash has made a triumphant return to his local basketball team – and was even crowned player of the week.
Leon de Silva, 9, and his mother Winnie de Silva, 33, were in one of two helicopters that collided in midair on the Gold Coast on January 2.
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Leon suffered brain trauma and was placed in an induced coma, while his mother was also seriously injured. Both are now recovering at home in Geelong.
Two months on, Leon has played his first game back with his beloved Lara Giants basketball team.
“Today, Leon made his return to the basketball court and had a brilliant game, equal top scoring for his side with four points,” the team revealed.
“But what was even more amazing was seeing Leon out there doing what he loves, with a massive smile & the support of his friends.”
The team said Leon “didn’t miss a beat” in his return game and “got a few steals, was solid in defence and did plenty of full court dribbling”.
“A great all round game by an inspiration boy.
“Leon, we are so proud of you and how brave you have been and continue to be. You are an inspiration to us all. Well done little champ, can’t wait to see you continue your basketball journey.”
It was also revealed Leon took out the title of player of the week.
“We were all so excited for him and very proud of his recovery,” Lara Giants President Jason Aherne told Ilmhunt.com.au.
“He wore a helmet for protection, but that didn’t slow him down at all.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit Winnie, Leon and the other survivors of the crash.
It was revealed on Tuesday a pilot “did not recall” his fellow pilot making a standard taxiing call to say he was taking off before their helicopters collided and crashed.
Air crash investigators say pilot Michael James told them he saw five passengers boarding the second helicopter at a helipad near Sea World as he was coming in to land his aircraft carrying six passengers at another helipad nearby on January 2.
The report said James also told the ATSB he didn’t see the second helicopter take off from the helipad.
“While video footage taken by passengers in both helicopters on mobile phones contained images of the other helicopter, this does not mean that the other helicopter was visible to either pilot,” Mitchell said.
“The investigation will look closely at the issues both pilots faced in seeing the other helicopter.”
Nine-year-old Sea World helicopter crash survivor Leon de Silva returns to beloved basketball team
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