Australian para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson dies aged 28

Para-snowboarding will makes its paralympic debut at Sochi 2014.

Story highlights

  • Para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson passes away following a heart attack
  • The Australian suffered a cardiac arrest in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Robinson was being transported from Spain to Australia following a crash last week
  • He sustained neck and spinal injuries after an accident in Catalonia on February 12

Tragedy has struck ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Games with the death of Australian para-snowboarder Matthew Robinson following a heart attack.

The 28-year-old Robinson suffered neck and spinal injuries after a crash in La Molina, a ski resort in Catalonia, Spain, on February 12.

His spent eight days in a Barcelona hospital recovering and was then cleared to be flown back to Australia.

But during a planned refueling stop in Nairobi, Kenya, Robinson suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Robinson competed in upper limb impairment disciplines.

Although para-snowboarding will make its Paralympic debut in Russia next month, upper limb impairment disciplines will not be contested.