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Crash doctor to kayak down Yukon despite losing leg

A hospital registrar who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident sixteen years ago is set to raise money for the Orthopaedic Fund by kayaking single-handedly down the Yukon.

The Grimsby man is to take part in the 10th Yukon River Quest, the longest annual race for canoes and kayaks, and intends to raise funds to support people whose lives have been affected by personal injury. His local paper points out that he may also get to meet moose and wild bears on his journey.

Aside from 15 years of kayak experience, undertaken since his motorcycle accident, the biker-doctor has also performed feats of sporting endurance including the coast to coast cycle route (off-road), cycled to the Arctic Circle, and plays for the Great Britain sledge hockey team on an international level.

Hospital colleagues agreed that the registrar had clearly overcome his bike crash. The doctor himself said: "I expect this to be the most gruelling race I have ever undertaken.

"For me it's a personal challenge and to show that life doesn't stop when you become disabled," he added.



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