Toowoomba father, son safe after Bangkok blast
WHEN Jenny Spain woke to news of the blast which ripped through Bangkok last night, her heart stopped.
Her husband Leon and son, rising Muay Thai star Brandon Spain, were in Thailand's capital for the IFMA Royal World Cup.
The two were staying in a hotel not far from the explosion in the Erawan Shrine which killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100.
After a long, agonising wait she finally spoke to Leon on the phone, who told her he, Brandon and the other Australian fighters were okay.
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"I woke to messages and calls from family and friends who told me what had happened. I immediately started to call Leon and the hotel they were staying in with no response.
"But it was only about 3am over there.
"One of the fighters from Spains Gym told me she had been speaking to Brandon late on the previous evening and he said they were both okay. I was happy to hear that but still wanted to speak to them.
"I needed to hear his voice even though I had heard through others that he was okay. Finally he called."
She said the team had been within earshot of the explosion.
"They heard the blast. Leon said the streets were in lockdown and the poor Thai people have suffered terribly.
"He said the train stop they use is only about 500 metres from the blast.
"It's chaos in the streets apparently.
"As you would expect everyone is being extra careful and are shocked and saddened by the event."
Mrs Spain said Brandon and Leon - who is also his son's trainer - were doing their best to focus on the competition in the midst of the devastation and a city in mourning.
"Brandon is fighting France today (Tuesday) so he's just trying to focus on the task ahead and do his country proud.
"They have trained very hard for this and made many sacrifices so I'm sure they will do well.
"Praise God they are okay.
"It's very sad for the Thai people. They are such kind, generous people."