Friday 30 September 2016

Irish paralympic athlete to receive new blade in time for Berlin competition after theft

Published 11/06/2015 | 21:43

Shane McLaughlin from Clonkeencole Clones Co.Monaghan had his leg amputated below the knee last year following an accident
Shane McLaughlin from Clonkeencole Clones Co.Monaghan had his leg amputated below the knee last year following an accident

Monaghan athlete Shane McLaughlin is to be given a new blade tomorrow in time to compete in an international event after his original one was stolen.

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The athlete had his blade stolen from his car outside his home in Clonkeencole in Clones, Co Monaghan on June 5.

The 42-year-old is due to compete in the Berlin Open, an international paralympic competition which begins on Friday week.

Ability Matters will be providing the blade which will be fitted at the Central Remedial Clinic tomorrow.

Speaking to RTÉ News Mr McLaughlin, who had his left leg amputated in 2012, said: "It is good news but it will be a hard road ahead.

"We have to see if it fits first, and then I'll have to break it in. Berlin will be very tough."

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the theft and have appealed for anyone with information to contact Monaghan Garda Station on 047-77200.

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