British snowboarder James Barnes-Miller hopes to nevertheless qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in spite of having £10,000 worth of equipment stolen.
Barnes-Miller had apparatus, at the side of custom designed boards, taken from a Volkswagen van parked out of doorways an area in Disley, Cheshire over the weekend.
He hopes to compete in his first Paralympics in Pyeongchang in February.
“It is gutting. Training has been going amazingly, I couldn’t have asked for a better summer,” mentioned the 28-year-old.
“I got once more on Saturday night to Disley, I have been away for five weeks training with the workforce, got once more super late and went to bed.
“I woke up and discovered the once more window have been popped open and they had taken my snowboard bag, my instructor’s snowboard bag and a couple of of the workforce’s kit.
“Normally everything comes out of the van, it’s just the one time I don’t, this happens. I could think about it for hours but it’s not going to help me.”
Barnes-Miller, who was once born and not using a right kind hand, has been snowboarding for seven years and on the British workforce for three years, competing in upper amputee snowboard transfer and banked slalom events.
He were given right here fourth throughout the snowboard transfer at the World Championships ultimate 12 months and as well as gained silver medals at two World Cup events.
The next World Cup race takes place throughout the Netherlands in November, an event which acts as a qualifying event for the Games in South Korea.
“I have my first World Cup in two weeks and I need to find new kit, not just a board, it’s everything and all that kit has been modified and customised. It’s not just buy a new board off the shelf,” Barnes-Miller urged BBC Sport.
“I don’t consider that they had been targeting me, there is also not such a lot they can do with my stuff, it isn’t your usual snowboards. It will also be nice if someone finds it. It’s no superb to anyone else, then again I’m really not retaining my breath.
“All the workforce are supporting me and finding equipment from all over the place. Hopefully I will get once more and get some training. We prepare a funding internet web page and am taking a look to get some sponsors to get it once more.
“This is just a knockback. In my first season I broke my leg so these things happen and also you’ve were given to adapt. I nevertheless in reality really feel confident, I nevertheless in reality really feel fit and I’m the usage of the best I’ve ever achieved.
“It can be fantastic to name myself a Paralympian. If I were given at the podium it could be a dream come true.”
A Cheshire Police spokeswoman confirmed the incident happened between 23:30 BST on Saturday, 28 October and 10:30 GMT on Sunday, 29 October.
Anyone with any knowledge can identify Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident amount 403. Alternatively, you’ll have the ability to identify Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.