TAYLOR Rietdyk competed in the Australian Speedway Kart Championships at Nepean Motorsports Complex on the weekend.
"So what?" might be the question.
And it didn't matter if she finished first or last.
"So why?" should be the question again.
"She was told she would never race again and had suffered permanent damage," said John Watton of his 15-year-old stepdaughter from Seven Hills.
Rietdyk suffered a serious accident at the corresponding meeting in Gosford in September last year that required a five-day stay in Gosford Hospital.
It was discovered she had a particularly nasty type of cyst on her spine.
"This led to many specialist appointments and the final decision was made that she needed surgery ASAP," Watton said.
She was admitted to Westmead Children's Hospital last October.
A piece of her skull was removed to unblock the cyst on the spine and relieve the pressure.
A further two-week hospital stay and long recuperation followed.
"If it wasn't discovered and treated, it could have led to permanent disability among other things," Watton said.
"She was told she might never race again."
When she could "she talked about netball" but nothing happened.
"She loves racing," Watton said.
"Taylor's been through a long and painful process.
"Her urge to race again never wavered."
Mind you, there's a bit of pedigree there.
Watton has raced for 26 years, mum Kim is the NSW club secretary and younger brother Ethan also races.
When his stepdaughter finally got the medical all-clear to race again, she started running in preparation.
"I told her not to have any great expectations," Watton said.
That would be putting the kart before the course.
Just having the kart on the course is enough for now.