February 13, 2014 (ISN) – Australian para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson was involved in a racing accident at the IPCAS Snowboard World Cup Finals in La Molina, Spain, on Wednesday (12 February).
The accident happened in the finish area following his first run in the competition.
Two on-site doctors were quickly in attendance to give him medical treatment as were a rescue team.
Once the 29-year-old was stabilised, he was airlifted by helicopter to Hospital Parc Taulí in Sabadell on the outskirts of Barcelona.
Matthew has since undergone surgery to treat neck and spinal injuries, and he is currently in a critical condition.
A member of the Australian Paralympic Committee’s (APC) Winter Team’s medical staff is at the hospital in Barcelona to help provide the best assistance possible. The APC has also been in contact with Matthew’s fiancé and family in Australia and has offered support.
The thoughts and best wishes of IPC Alpine Skiing and the La Molina resort are with Matthew and his family and fiancé at this time.