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Paralympian pleads for return of stolen specialised bike


Australian Paralympian and police force volunteer Chris Dickson has described his ordeal while riding his specialised bicycle.

He lost his left leg in a serious motorcycle accident while training at the Perth International Olympic Park in 2011 and had to leave the sport of riding for more than four years.

Mr Dickson’s bike was stolen last February when someone entered the garage of his home at about 4:00pm (AEST) on a stolen Harley Davidson Roadster and stole a Specialized 650cc motorbike.

He suffered permanent damage to his leg and required extensive rehabilitation before he could complete the recovery from the damage.

He is now trying to return to his sport, where his speed helped lead him to the 2012 Paralympic Games in Melbourne.

Mr Dickson told 7.30 his experience was “a bit of a revelation”.

“The experience with bike thieves is always a scary thing because they’re so strong.

“To actually have someone come up to you and try to take my bike, it’s pretty scary to be honest,” he said.

“I had to be really courageous to try and use my body to get away from it.

“That bike belongs to me, so I really wanted to be able to tell him that this is my bike. I didn’t even know it was missing until it was too late because he stole it.”

The stolen specialised bike, the BikeMaster, had its frame stolen about three months before and had been sold by the time Mr Dickson had his prosthetic arm installed.

“I had to cut it out so I could put it back together — I’ve only had them for one week,” he said.

But after a week, he had lost too much blood on his leg.

“It was quite traumatic,” Mr Dickson said.

“It was definitely painful and pretty rough.

“They took some of my blood and kept putting it back, so it was kinda scary at that point.”

Topics: accidents, police, crime, sydney-2000

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