On the anniversary of the tragic passing of Para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson, the thoughts and deepest sympathy of the Australian Paralympic Committee are today with his family, friends and team-mates.
On February 21 last year, Matthew lost his life after suffering neck and spinal injuries in a race accident while competing at the IPC World Cup finals in Spain.
Matthew’s passing deeply affected the Paralympic movement not just in Australia, but worldwide. It is a loss still strongly felt 12 months on.
APC President Glenn Tasker said: “Today is an extremely difficult day for Matthew’s family, his fiancé, and all of his loved ones. It is also a very difficult day for everyone within the APC, our winter sport program and the athletes on the Para-snowboard team – all of whom have been devastated by the Matthew’s passing.
“Today we will pause to remember Matthew, and in doing so, we place those nearest and dearest to him firmly in our thoughts as well, as we have done for the past 12 months.
“At the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, our team competed with the slogan ‘We ride for Matty’. That will continue.
“We are doing our very best to uphold Matthew’s legacy and to grow the sport he loved so much.”
By APC Media