Australian Paralympic athlete, Matthew Robinson, went into cardiac arrest and died on Friday, Feb. 21.
The 29-year-old was competing at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup finals in La Molina, Spain on Feb. 12. He sustained neck and spine injuries during a race accident, and was brought to a nearby hospital. After eight days he was released for transport from Spain to Australia. He died on board during a scheduled fuel stop in Kuwait, CPR efforts were not successful.
President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven had this to say:
The whole of the Paralympic Movement is deeply saddened by this heartbreaking tragedy. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Matthew’s fiancée, family, friends and teammates at this difficult time.
Matthew was a world class and extremely popular athlete, a fact underlined by the vast number of support messages he received from around the world following last week’s accident. He sustained his injuries doing the sport he loved most.
Robinson “competed in the upper limb impairment class of para-snowboard, having being diagnosed with arthrogryposis, which affects joints in the body,” reports The Australian. Para-snowboard will make its first appearance to the Paralympic Winter Olympics in Sochi, but Robinson’s classification is not included in this year’s events.