Family of Alex Porter gather at Port Neill for Olympics

SUPPORTERS: Cheering on Alex Porter at the Olympics from Port Neill are Annie Piper, Haylee Tisher, William Porter, Georgina Porter, Kristen Porter, Nathan White and Richard Porter. Photo: supplied
SUPPORTERS: Cheering on Alex Porter at the Olympics from Port Neill are Annie Piper, Haylee Tisher, William Porter, Georgina Porter, Kristen Porter, Nathan White and Richard Porter. Photo: supplied

The family of Olympian Alex Porter experienced the highs and lows from his ride in the men's team pursuit cycling on Monday evening as they cheered him on from the family's holiday home in Port Neill.

The Australian team of Porter, Kelland O'Brien, Sam Welsford and Leigh Howard took part in qualification on Monday when some unexpected misfortune occurred.

During their ride the handlebars on Porter's bike came off, causing him to crash and suffer injuries, including burns on his face and arms.

However the Australian team was permitted to ride again and Porter got back on the bike as the team raced to the fifth fastest time ahead of the heats Tuesday evening.

Porter has family connections to Port Neill, where his family are staying during the Olympics.

His father Richard Porter it was devastating to watch Porter's crash, to see equipment failure like this happen and to watch him crash because of it after all the hard work and preparation in the lead up to the games.

However he said it was great to see he did not suffer any serious injuries and to see him get back on the bike and complete the ride.

"I think for these elite cyclists, that's what they do, when you get off your bike you get back on," he said.

OLYMPIAN: Alex Porter is representing Australia at the Olympics and has been seen in the past riding his bike around Port Neill. Photo: supplied

OLYMPIAN: Alex Porter is representing Australia at the Olympics and has been seen in the past riding his bike around Port Neill. Photo: supplied

"He did it not just for himself, but for his teammates.

"From our point of view it's not surprising to see him get back on the bike...we're very proud of him."

Porter is from Adelaide but has spent many years coming to Port Neill, where his great grandparents John and Peg Hardy lived for many years.

The Hardy residence has become a holiday home for the Porter family, and despite not being able to go to Tokyo to cheer him on live, they have gathered in Port Neill during the Olympics.

Porter's parents Richard and Kristen are joined by his siblings William and Georgie, as well as his girlfriend Haylee Tisher, grandmothers Ela Hardy and Delwyn Porter and family friend Nathan White.

"Alex came up here regularly, he trained on the streets of Port Neill," Mr Porter said.

"It's a special place for us, so we decided it would be a good spot to get away and watch Alex compete in the Olympics."

Porter and the Australian team will be back in action on Tuesday evening, just before 5pm as they race in their first heat against Switzerland.

Mr Porter said he knew his son and the whole team would give it their all.

"This Olympic team, they will want to win a gold," he said.

"They'll give everything they can and leave everything on the track, we know what they're capable of."

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