On the anniversary of the tragic passing of Para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson, the thoughts and deepest sympathy of the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) are today (21 February) with his family, friends and teammates.
On 21 February last year, Robinson lost his life after suffering neck and spinal injuries in a racing accident while competing at the 2013-2014 International Paralympic Committee Snowboard World Cup Finals in Spain.
His passing deeply affected the Paralympic movement, not just in Australia, but worldwide. It is a loss still strongly felt 12 months on.
The APC’s President, Glenn Tasker, said: “Today is an extremely difficult day for Matthew’s family, his fiancée, 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,’ and 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