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Paralympics: Aussie para snowboarder dies after race crash

Published on Feb 22, 2014 7:16 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson has died en route home after crashing during a race in Spain, officials said on Saturday, days before he was due to compete in the Paralympics for the first time.

He suffered neck and spinal injuries on Feb 12 at the IPC World Cup finals in La Molina, Spain, the Australian Paralympic Committee said.

He spent more than a week in a Barcelona hospital before being cleared to take an air ambulance to Melbourne.

"During a scheduled refuelling stop in Kuwait, Matthew suffered a cardiac arrest on board the aircraft" on Friday, the committee said in a statement. "Sadly, he could not be revived.

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