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Disabled soldier starts training for Polar race

Walking With The Wounded 2013 South Pole - The team take part in a training hike along the Norfolk coast. Sgt Duncan Slater from Diss hopes to become the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.

Walking With The Wounded 2013 South Pole - The team take part in a training hike along the Norfolk coast. Sgt Duncan Slater from Diss hopes to become the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.

War veteran and double amputee Duncan Slater, from Scole, tried out his prosthetic legs on Brancaster beach in north Norfolk last weekend in preparation for a gruelling four-week trek to the South Pole later this year.

As reported in last week’s Diss Express, Mr Slater lost both legs following a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009 while serving with the RAF Regiment. He is part of a six-strong team who have begun training for the Walking with the Wounded 2013 challenge.

The final four participants, all wounded servicemen who will be accompanied by polar expedition experts, will be named in March after a test expedition to Iceland. Mr Slater said: “It was really good to get out at the weekend and meet the others. It’s the longest I have done on my prosthetics but we will end up doing eight to ten hours a day on the trek so I have to start building myself up for Iceland.” Mr Slater will be the only double amputee on the trip and knows getting his legs ready for long days of walking is critical. “I’m so determined to get there and will train every day to make it,” he said. For more information see www.wwtw.org.uk

 

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